Dr. L.E. (Rens) Tacoma

  • Lecturer

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2632
E-Mail: l.e.tacoma@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Oude Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.01b
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​history/​staff/​tacomale.html

Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment


Laurens Ernst (Rens) Tacoma studied History at the University of Leiden, where he graduated cum laude in 1994 in Ancient History. Having spent a year as visiting fellow in Columbia University, New York, he became in 1995 Assistent in Opleiding at Leiden University, a position he combined later onwards with a position as Researcher at the Leiden Papyrological Institute. From 2002 to 2005 he was Director of Studies of the History Dept. at Leiden. In 2003/2004 he was also lecturer in ancient history at Groningen University. He is lecturer in Ancient History at Leiden University, a position that he combines since Sept. 2010 with that of Research in the Moving Romans project. In the year 2013/4 he works as a Fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome.

Fields of interest

The social and economic history of the ancient world, including ancient demography, the ancient city and slavery, all with an emphasis on the first three centuries A.D. Areas of interest include Roman Egypt, the city of Rome, and Roman Athens.

Current research comprises two projects. A series of smaller studies will be devoted to further research on the urban elites of Roman Egypt, as a sequel to Fragile Hierarchies. A larger research project is devoted to Roman Migration in the Principate, aiming to offer a comprehensive overview of an hitherto hardly explored subject on the basis of a study of migration to and from the city of Rome in the first two centuries A.D. This research forms part of the project Moving Romans. Urbanisation, migration and labour in the Roman Principate.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015