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 6, 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-noon) and...

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

May 13, 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-noon) and...

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Spotlights

"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.

Student presents research on "Poetics and the City"

Student presents research on "Poetics and the City"

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

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.

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News

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."

Second Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

Second Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

April 14, 2015

The Department of Classics is pleased to announce that Ms. Kendall Farkas has been designated the recipient of the Barbara L. Flaschenriem Endowed Classics Scholarship for 2015-16.

Classics majors recognized at Student Awards Convocation

Classics majors recognized at Student Awards Convocation

April 06, 2015

Five Classics majors and double-majors earned top honors.

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Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of Grand Valley State University's Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access to University education for promising and committed students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship which bears her name will benefit Classics students with financial need.