Dr. Bram ten Berge

Assistant Professor of Classics
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Dr. Bram ten Berge started at Hope in fall 2017 as a visiting assistant professor of classics. He teaches language, history and classical civilization classes across the classics curriculum.

Bram is currently completing an invited book chapter on the Late Republican civil wars as described by the Roman historian Florus. He is also writing articles for a new encyclopedia on the Roman historian Tacitus and is working on a monograph on the same author based on his doctoral dissertation.

Bram comes to Hope from Kalamazoo College, where he served as the Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Classics 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


  • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Department of Classics, Kalamazoo College, 2016–2017
  • Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist, 2016–2017
  • Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2015–2016
  • Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), 2013–2014
  • American Philological Association (APA) Outstanding Student Award, 2012
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Boyd McWorther Scholar–Athlete of the Year (including a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship), awarded to the top male scholar-athlete across all sports in the Southeastern Conference, 2009 

Published work


Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Epitomizing Civil War: Florus on the Late Republican Civil Wars”, in C. Lange and F. Vervaet (eds.), The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War, Brill, forthcoming 2019
  • “Sacred Groves in Herodotus’ Histories: A Significant Parallel,” Mnemosyne 69.1, 2016
  • “Dreams in Cicero’s De Divinatione: Philosophical Tradition and Education,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 15.1, 2014


  • Ten entries (Gaius Bibulus, Acilius Aviola, Apronius Caesianus, Marcus Helvius Rufus, Valerius Messalla Volesus, Publius Vellaeus, Appuleia Varilla, Titidius Labeo, Agrippa Postumus, Poppaeus Sabinus) in The Tacitus Encyclopedia (Wiley, ed. Victoria Pagán), forthcoming 2021 

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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