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 Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

May 27, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups: Informal, come as you can! Reading groups meet over the summer in 260 Lake Huron Hall (refreshments provided) on Wednesdays: Latin (11 AM-noon) and Greek...

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet on Wednesdays!

June 3, 2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Summer Greek and Latin Reading Groups: Informal, come as you can! Reading groups meet over the summer in 260 Lake Huron Hall (refreshments provided) on Wednesdays: Latin (11 AM-noon) and Greek...

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Spotlights

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

Classics major Megan Esparsa is a recipient of the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology awarded by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).

"The best version of Sappho in English"

"The best version of Sappho in English"

Prof. Diane Rayor's translation of the complete works of Sappho includes newly discovered poems.

Two Classics majors earn top GVSU honor

Two Classics majors earn top GVSU honor

Abigail DeHart, a double-major in Classics and Philosophy, and Justin Ebert, a double-major in Classics and Economics, have each been recognized with the 2015 Glenn A. Niemeyer Student Award.

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected dialogues and consolations composed by the Roman politician and philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

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News

NYRB on Diane Rayor's Sappho translation

NYRB on Diane Rayor's Sappho translation

May 07, 2015

"Almost everything an undergraduate or interested lay reader requires to embark on a first voyage into Sappho's world can be found within this elegant volume."

GVSU Classics major recognized as Michigan success story

GVSU Classics major recognized as Michigan success story

April 26, 2015

"With college commencement season underway, ten Haaf is among a group of students reaching an elite milestone in higher education: He not only went to college, but he's also graduating."

Classics major featured in 2015 Commencement Video

Classics major featured in 2015 Commencement Video

April 25, 2015

Mark ten Haaf '15 was one of three new graduates profiled before an audience of thousands at the Van Andel Arena.

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