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) [link]

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

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

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

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) [link]

The Quaestor Proclus, in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies [link]

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

‘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) [link]

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) [link]

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

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

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

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

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 [link]

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

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

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

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