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

LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

August 5, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

With Ian Haight, Rebeca Castellanos, Médar Serrata, Diane Rayor, and Matthew Landrum. Literature is a way of communicating, like speech, art, or music. How does translation impact...

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

September 11, 2015 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Organized by GVSU's Hauenstein Center, the Wheelhouse Talks are a series of presentations from entrepreneurs, local leaders, business owners and visionaries who share their experiences to enrich...

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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 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.

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, a double-major in Classics and Philosophy, and Justin Ebert, a double-major in Classics and Economics, have each been recognized with the 2015 Glenn A. Niemeyer Student Award.

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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."

Classics grad profiled in Grand Valley Magazine

Classics grad profiled in Grand Valley Magazine

May 26, 2015

GV Magazine on Mark ten Haaf '15: "Construction to Classics: Family man turned student pursues linguistic passion"

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."

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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.