This course will be taught in conjunction with How Stories Define Us: Greek Myths and the Invention of Democracy. Qualified students will attend one lecture and two group conferences each week. Group conferences will emphasize close, accurate decoding of ancient Greek poetry in its historical, political, and cultural context. Students will complete all lecture readings in English and will read Greek selections of Homer’s Odyssey in the fall and Euripides’ Bacchae in the spring. Additional conference hours and grammar review will be included, as necessary.