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Taco Terpstra

Assistant Professor of Classics and History

PhD, Ancient History, Columbia University

Taco Terpstra is a socioeconomic historian of ancient Rome. His core research focuses on Roman long-distance trade, specifically on the question of how merchants organized their business to overcome the problems posed by preindustrial conditions. He is the author of Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Micro-Economic and Institutional Perspective (Brill, 2013) as well as a number of articles on Roman trade. His teaching includes courses on Roman economic history and the archaeology of Roman Campania. In 2015-16 he will be a Fellow at Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, where he will be working on a second book project. He has been awarded a Loeb Classical Library Fellowship for 2016-17.


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