"It was Greek to me."
Shakespeare used that phrase in one of his tragedies to suggest that a complicated matter was beyond understanding.
Many Americans may be muttering those words again as this week's Greek tragedy plays out.
The situation in Athens really is complicated, but it's also important. So let's walk through the basics together, and then consider what it might mean to Americans.
Here's what has happened so far:
-- The Greek government has way too much debt and can't pay its creditors.