The Humanities should help us understand what it means to be human. Accordingly, “The Classics & Modernity,” Volume 1 contains selections from seminal texts in the Western canon, texts that investigate the most pressing issues of the human condition: What is man? What is the value of knowledge? The meaning of life? Are humans different from animals and, if so, what does it matter? With all the potential man has, how should man live? The great thinkers of the ancient and medieval world have already wrestled with these issues, and “The Classics & Modernity,” contains selections from these great works to help readers answer these questions and pursue what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful.