The Department of Classics
The earliest texts written in Greek date from around the 14th century BCE, and the language continues to be spoken today by millions of people throughout the world. During the classical period of its development, Greek was the language of one of the greatest flowerings of culture in all human history.
Greek is the language of Homer and Sappho, of Aeschylus and Aristophanes, of Herodotus and Thucydides, of Plato and Aristotle, and of the New Testament.
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The eighth through the fourth centuries BCE saw the poetry of Homer and Sappho, the drama of Aeschylus and Aristophanes, the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, and the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.
For nearly a thousand years from the fourth century BCE onward, Greek was spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean, and in this "common" - or koine - form, it was the language of the New Testament.
Students of ancient Greek gain access to these texts and more, all of which continue to fascinate and instruct, and still provide the intellectual foundations of many different fields.
Grand Valley is the only public university in West Michigan to offer a full undergraduate program in ancient Greek. It includes a major and a minor emphasis in Greek, courses to fulfill the University's B.A. cognate requirement in a foreign language, and courses in ancient Greek literature and culture in translation.
Majors who intend to continue their study in a graduate program in Classics are strongly advised to take both Greek and Latin.
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