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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Spotlights

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected dialogues and consolations composed by the Roman politician and philosopher.

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

Prof. Charles Pazdernik reflects upon what the ancients can tell us about overcoming obstacles.

Two Classics majors earn top GVSU honor

Two Classics majors earn top GVSU honor

Abigail DeHart and Justin Ebert were recognized with the 2015 Glenn A. Niemeyer Student Award.

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

Megan Esparsa is a recipient of the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology awarded by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).

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The Key Reporter on The Codex of Justinian

The Key Reporter on The Codex of Justinian

December 01, 2015

Prof. Charles Pazdernik is part of a team of scholars publishing a new translation of a fundamental source on Roman law.

GV Lanthorn: Stoics Week delves into philosophy of 'Harry Potter'

GV Lanthorn: Stoics Week delves into philosophy of 'Harry Potter'

November 22, 2015

Stoics Week prompted participants to think about who they really are.

LRB: Peter Green on Rayor's Sappho

LRB: Peter Green on Rayor's Sappho

November 19, 2015

"For sheer obsessional dedication to the task ... Rayor can have few rivals."

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