For thousands of years, people have grappled with fundamental questions about the meaning of their lives: How do we find our place in the world? How should we live? What should we strive for? What legacy can we hope to leave behind? The answers are hard to find, but we can search for them by looking to the past. History gives us innumerable examples of how different people have grappled with these questions in different ways. This seminar will look at a few of these people, both famous and obscure, and five major themes: macro and micro; family and everyday life; transformation and adventure; conflict and survival; and inheritance and memory. Using biographies, memoirs, oral histories, and historical narratives, we will explore what history can teach us about life’s biggest questions.