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 Online!

August 6, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Summer Greek and Latin Online!

August 13, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Spotlights

A new version of the Codex of Justinian

Prof. Charles Pazdernik collaborated on a new translation of one of the most important legal works in the history of western law.

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected works by the Roman politician and philosopher.

GV Lanthorn: Stoics Week delves into philosophy of 'Harry Potter'

Stoics Week prompted participants to think about who they really are.

HOMERathon 6 is concluded!

Thanks to GVSU Libraries and to the hundreds of students, colleagues, and friends who participated in the event.

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News

Flaschenriem recognized with Emerita status

June 12, 2019

The GVSU Board of Trustees has recognized Barbara Flaschenriem, Ph.D., as Posthumous Associate Professor Emerita of Classics.

GV Magazine: Classics to Career

March 05, 2019

Alumni reflect on applications of studying classical texts in their current professions.

Valuing Classical Translations for Outreach, Diversity, and Art

January 31, 2019

GVSU Classics Prof. Diane Rayor on the merits of literary translation.

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Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of the Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access for promising students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship benefits Classics students with financial need.