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The Department of Classics

Portrait of an unknown woman (detail).

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome - among the world's most exciting, important, and influential civilizations.

The program in Classics spans the many different aspects of the Greek and Roman world - its languages and literatures, its art and archaeology, its history, its religious and philosophical traditions, its social and legal forms - from the Bronze Age to the period of the late Roman Empire and early Christianity.

For students who pursue a major or minor, Classics provides a solid liberal arts education that will be useful in many careers and vital to the development of their full human capacity.

For students in other disciplines, Classics offers a valuable opportunity to investigate the works and traditions that have provided much of the background of their own chosen fields. Many find that working with the classical languages improves their skills as readers and writers.

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Euripides' Helen

March 24, 2017 7:30 PM

Euripides' Helen

March 25, 2017 7:30 PM

Euripides' Helen

March 26, 2017 7:30 PM

Euripides' Helen

March 30, 2017 7:30 PM

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Please Note:

In 2015-16 the Department thoroughly revised the curriculum of the program in Classics. 

There are new and revised courses and simplified and restructured choices* in the major and minor. Click on the preceding links for details. 

*Generally speaking, changes in the major and minor apply only to students entering GVSU in 2016-17 and thereafter. Students with questions should consult their advisor.


New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected works by the Roman politician and philosopher.

GVSU Classics grads on the move

Recent alums' plans for 2016-17

GV Lanthorn: Keeping Homer Alive

GVSU's fifth Homerathon showcased Homer's "Odyssey" and brought together the campus community.

Translating Sappho

Two articles by a GVSU Classics professor and an alumna appear in the journal Translation Review

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GVNow on Staging of "Helen"

March 14, 2017

Euripides' "Helen," first produced in 412 B.C., has been translated for modern audiences by Diane Rayor, professor of Classics, and will be performed by Grand Valley students March 24-April 2.

Dr. Diane Rayor Translating the Classics

January 24, 2017

Dr. Diane Rayor was interviewed by WGVU's Scott VanderWerf about her latest translation project.

GV Lanthorn: Paleo-Olympics showcase ancient activities at GVSU

September 25, 2016

During the eighth annual Paleo-Olympics, students were given the opportunity to take part in games, crafts, and activities inspired by ancient cultures on the west lawn of the Kirkhof Center.

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Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of the Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access for promising students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship benefits Classics students with financial need.

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