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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

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

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

Classics major presents research on "Poetics and the City"

Classics major presents research on "Poetics and the City"

Mark ten Haaf was selected to present a research paper at a conference in Virginia.

Classics named Outstanding GVSU Department

Classics named Outstanding GVSU Department

The Department of Classics was honored at the 2015 GVSU Student Life Awards.

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News

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

April 19, 2016

The Department of Classics is pleased to announce that Allie Pohler and Kris Zasadil have been designated the recipients of the Barbara L. Flaschenriem Endowed Classics Scholarship for 2016-17.

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 from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to translate Euripides' "Helen."

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.

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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.