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

Classics Film Series: Cleopatra (1963) Part II

Classics Film Series: Cleopatra (1963) Part II

March 31, 2015 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

This film and stage series presented by the Classics department aims to show students some of the ways in which ancient texts continue to inform modern thought through public literature and productions. “An...

You're Invited! Classics End-of-the-Year Celebration on Tuesday, April 14

You're Invited! Classics End-of-the-Year Celebration on Tuesday, April 14

April 14, 2015 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

The Classics Society and the Department of Classics cordially invite you to our End-of-the-Year Celebration on Tuesday, April 14, at 4:30 PM in 2270 Kirkhof Center. This is an opportunity to...

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Spotlights

Student presents research on "Poetics and the City"

Student presents research on "Poetics and the City"

Classics major Mark ten Haaf was selected to present a research paper at a conference in Virginia.

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).

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

"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.

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News

The New Yorker on Diane Rayor's Sappho Translation (UPDATED)

The New Yorker on Diane Rayor's Sappho Translation (UPDATED)

March 16, 2015

"Even the tiniest scraps can be potent, as Rayor's lucid and comprehensive translation makes clear."

GVNow: Classics Society presents Festival of Dionysus

GVNow: Classics Society presents Festival of Dionysus

March 11, 2015

The Grand Valley Classics Society celebrates the 2nd Annual Festival of Dionysus, which honors an ancient festival of the same name.

GVSU Hires New Latinist

GVSU Hires New Latinist

March 09, 2015

We welcome Dr. Charles Ham.

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Give Now

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Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of Grand Valley State University's Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access to University education for promising and committed students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship which bears her name will benefit Classics students with financial need.