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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

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

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

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.

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

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.

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News

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

May 01, 2016

Dr. Griffin will be joining the faculty in 2016-17.

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

April 19, 2016

Allie Pohler and Kris Zasadil are recipients of the 2016-17 Flaschenriem Scholarship.

GVNow: What if Helen never fled to Troy?

GVNow: What if Helen never fled to Troy?

March 11, 2016

Prof. Diane Rayor is the recipient of a $35,000 grant to translate Euripides' "Helen."

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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.