Charles Pazdernik


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Greco-Roman political and legal history / late antiquity / classical historiography

BA Cornell University
MPhil University of Oxford
MA, PhD Princeton University

Full Graduate Faculty standing
Inclusion Advocate

Elected representative, Executive Committee of the University Academic Senate, 2009-14, 2016-2022

  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award, 2005
  • Junior Fellow, Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, 2005-06
  • Winner (representing Classics), GVSU Life Raft Debate, February 2011
  • Faculty of Distinction Award, GVSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society (ODK), 2011-12
  • GVSU "Last Lecture" honoree, November 2014
  • GVSU Hauenstein Center Wheelhouse Talk, September 2015


Nicias' letter to the Athenians and their response (Thucydides 7.11-16), accepted by Classical Philology

Empire and war in Procopius' Wars, accepted for Brill's Companion to Procopius (Brill)

Libertas and “mixed marriages” in late antiquity: Law, labor, and politics in Justinianic reform legislation, in Ancient Law, Ancient Society, Festschrift Bruce Frier (University of Michigan Press)

Reinventing Theodoric in Procopius' Gothic War, in Procopius of Caesarea: Literary and Historical Approaches (Routledge)

"The Great Emperor": A motif in Procopius of Caesarea's Wars, in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies

Editor, Book XII, The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text (Cambridge University Press)

Late antiquity in Europe (c. 300-900 CE), in The Cambridge World History, Volume IV: A World with States, Empires and Networks, 1200 BCE-900 CE (Cambridge University Press)

The Quaestor Proclus, in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies

Belisarius' second occupation of Rome and Pericles' last speech, in Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity (Ashgate Publishing)

‘How then is it not better to prefer quiet, than the dangers of conflict?’: The imperial court as the site of shifting cultural frontiers, in Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity (Ashgate Publishing)

Paying attention to the man behind the curtain: Disclosing and withholding the imperial presence in Justinianic Constantinople, in Bodies and Boundaries in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (de Gruyter)

'The trembling of Cain':  Religious power and institutional culture in Justinianic oath-making, in The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity (Ashgate Publishing)

Fortune's laughter and a bureaucrat's tears: Sorrow, supplication, and sovereignty in Justinianic Constantinople, in Tears in the Graeco-Roman World (de Gruyter)

Xenophon's Hellenica in Procopius' Wars:  Pharnabazus and Belisarius, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 

Justinianic ideology and the power of the past, in The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (Cambridge University Press)

Justinian's Novels and the law of succession, in Confrontation in Late Antiquity:  Imperial Presentation and Regional Adaptation (Orchard Academic)

Procopius and Thucydides on the labors of war: Belisarius and Brasidas in the field, Transactions of the American Philological Association 

Odysseus and his audience: Odyssey 9:39-40 and its formulaic resonances, The American Journal of Philology

'Our most pious consort given us by God': Dissident reactions to the partnership of Justinian and Theodora, Classical Antiquity 

Teaching the Liberal Arts 
(via the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website)

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