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

Translating Sappho

Two articles by a GVSU Classics professor and an alumna appear in the journal Translation Review

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.

Award recognizes outstanding young classicist

Allie Pohler received a $1,000 scholarship from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

GVNext Article Featuring Meghan O'Neill

Fellow Classics student Meghan O'Neill presented a paper at a national conference. GVNext featured her in an article about her experience.

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News

GVNext article featuring popularity of Dr. Rayor's translation of Medea

December 14, 2020

GVNext has published an article about the recent popularity of Some of Dr. Rayor's work.

Rayor translation of Medea is being performed!

November 09, 2020

There are opportunities to see Professor Rayor's translation of Medea in performance! All events are free.

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.

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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.