Texts and Contexts offers students an opportunity to study selected great works of humankind and to engage the lively ideas that have shaped its traditions. The close reading of primary texts is accompanied by a survey of the wider aspects of the historical epoch and milieu appropriate to each text. Semesters are arranged in chronological units that also have a topical focus––the fall semester beginning with antiquity and the spring semester concluding with the modern world. Readings are drawn from history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Supplementary materials to illuminate the texts and their contexts may include biographies, artistic works, and scholarly and critical essays.