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Taco Terpstra

Assistant Professor of Classics

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2011


Geographic Field(s):  Medieval and Early Modern European History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Socioeconomic history of the Roman Empire, comparative history, and Roman archaeology and material culture


Taco Terpstra (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2011) is a member of the Department of Classics with a courtesy joint appointment in the History Department. He specializes in Roman socioeconomic history and is the author of Trading Communities in the Roman World (Brill, Leiden 2013). He is currently working on a new book manuscript provisionally entitled Roman Trade: A New Economic History, under contract with Princeton University Press. The book project investigates the longue durée development of Mediterranean trade from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity, focusing on what institutions the Roman Empire inherited from the preceding period and what it passed on to the period that followed.

Affiliated Programs 


Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Micro-Economic and Institutional Perspective (Leiden, Brill: 2013). 

Teaching Interests

  • 101: The Ancient Economy.
  • 330: The Roman Economy: The Preindustrial Economy as a Historical Perspective.
  • 310: The Archaeology of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.
  • 400: Classical Reception Studies Workshop (co-taught with Prof. S. Monoson).

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2016-17: Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Harvard University).
  • 2015-16: Faculty Fellowship, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (Northwestern University).
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