As inheritors of an intellectual and cultural heritage that spans millennia it is our duty to establish a firm and clear picture of this patrimony, the roots of which lie in the Classical epoch. This inheritance is one that has increasingly come under attack by people who often have at best an opaque and distorted perception of the past. This class intends to provide a bulwark against this intellectual orientation by engaging with the Classical period through a rigorous examination of Greece and Rome’s greatest historians. History itself is a creation of the Classical world, and thus it is fitting that students be exposed to the greatest historians of the Greco-Roman world: Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, and Plutarch. In this adventure, students will learn the Ancient’s conception of virtue and greatness, as well as hubris and cruelty. They will gain an appreciation for the political and social structure established in this period that continues to have a profound effect on our own society. Furthermore, the foundation for the Christianization of the Western world was established in the Classical period. And so this class will also prepare students to better understand that process as their education continues. This course of study will result in a wider and deeper understanding of the classical world through the writings of the Greeks and Romans themselves.