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

DANIELLE ALLEN: EQUALITY AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

November 6, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CLAS Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence

October 24, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

MIMESEIS--The Classics Film Series

October 30, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Democracy 101: Democracy in Ancient Athens

November 13, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Spotlights

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

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

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.

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

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

Award recognizes outstanding young classicist

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

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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.

Exciting new courses for 2019-20

March 25, 2019

Ancient Medicine and Science! Egypt and the Romans! Re-imagining Classics!

GV Magazine: Classics to Career

March 05, 2019

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

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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.