Dr. Bram ten Berge

Assistant Professor of Classics
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Bram ten Berge teaches language, history and classical civilization classes across the classics curriculum.

Bram’s current research includes work on a book on the corpus of the Roman imperial historian Tacitus based on his doctoral dissertation, and entries for a new encyclopedia on the same author. A book chapter on the Late Republican civil wars as analyzed by the Roman imperial historian Florus is due to appear later in 2019.

He has participated in archaeological digs in England and Greece, as co-finds supervisor for the University of Oxford’s Dorchester-on-Thames excavations in 2018 and as trench supervisor during the American School of Classical Studies at Athens excavations in ancient Corinth in 2014.

Bram began teaching at Hope in 2017 after serving as the Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Classics at Kalamazoo College in 2016–2017.

AREAS OF Expertise

  • Latin prose literature, especially historiography, of the Late Republican and Early Imperial periods (ca. 100 BC–AD 150)
  • Tacitus (early imperial Roman historian, ca. AD 55–120)
  • Roman history


  • Ph.D., classics, University of Michigan, 2016
  • Regular Member (Bert Hodge Hill Fellow), American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), 2013–2014
  • Ancient History Graduate Certificate, Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History (IPGRH), University of Michigan, 2013
  • B.A., classics, University of Mississippi, 2009


  • “Tacitus on Tacitus: A Holistic Approach to the Tacitean Corpus,” Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant, Hope College, 2019
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Kalamazoo College Department of Classics, 2016–2017
  • Regular Member Program, Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), 2013–2014
  • Boyd McWorther Scholar–Athlete of the Year award (awarded to the top male scholar-athlete across all sports in the Southeastern Conference), 2009

Selected Publications

  • Ten entries in The Tacitus Encyclopedia, ed. V. Pagan, Wiley, forthcoming 2021
  • “Epitomizing Civil War: Florus on the Late Republican Civil Wars,” in The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War, Brill, forthcoming 2019
  • “Sacred Groves in Herodotus’ Histories: A Significant Parallel,” Mnemosyne, 2016
  • “Dreams in Cicero’s De Divinatione: Philosophical Tradition and Education,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 2014

Outside the College

Bram loves traveling and exploring new cultures and places, hiking, photography, playing tennis and cooking. He is also a big sports fan and joins his in-laws in rooting for Boston and New England teams.

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Dr. Bram ten Berge

Phone Number616.395.7570

257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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