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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Events

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

May 27, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups: Informal, come as you can! Reading groups meet over the summer in 260 Lake Huron Hall (refreshments provided) on Wednesdays: Latin (11 AM-noon) and Greek...

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

June 3, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups: Informal, come as you can! Reading groups meet over the summer in 260 Lake Huron Hall (refreshments provided) on Wednesdays: Latin (11 AM-noon) and Greek...

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Spotlights

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

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

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 Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

"The best version of Sappho in English"

"The best version of Sappho in English"

Prof. Diane Rayor's translation of the complete works of Sappho includes newly discovered poems.

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News

BMCR: Finglass on Rayor, Lardinois, Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works

BMCR: Finglass on Rayor, Lardinois, Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works

May 30, 2015

"...Accurate and eminently readable; scholars will find it of great value, and need not hesitate to put it in the hands of their students."

NYRB on Diane Rayor's Sappho translation

NYRB on Diane Rayor's Sappho translation

May 07, 2015

"Almost everything an undergraduate or interested lay reader requires to embark on a first voyage into Sappho's world can be found within this elegant volume."

GVSU Classics major recognized as Michigan success story

GVSU Classics major recognized as Michigan success story

April 26, 2015

"With college commencement season underway, ten Haaf is among a group of students reaching an elite milestone in higher education: He not only went to college, but he's also graduating."

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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.