Prof. dr. L.V. Rutgers

Leonard Rutgers
Telephone 030 253 6453
Work address Drift 6
Postcode 3512 BS Utrecht
Room 2.16
Consultation hours by appointment
Areas of interest Late Antiquity
Research Rise of Christianity
Prof.dr. L.V. Rutgers is Professor of Late Antiquity. He is particularly interested in questions of identity formation, migration, religion and violence in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Rutgers’ research is interdisciplinary in nature as evidenced by publications in Nature, Radiocarbon and The Journal of Archaeological Science. He is the author of the award winning The Jews in Late Ancient Rome. Evidence of Cultural Interaction in the Roman Diaspora (2000), and various other publications in the area of Jewish-Christian relations, including Making Myths. Jews in Early Christian Identity Formation (2009).

Currently Rutgers is directing two international projects, one entitled Reconfiguring Diaspora: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Late Antiquity and another focusing on the origins of Christianity in Rome (excavation).

Rutgers also writes a column on archaeology for the Dutch financial newspaper Financieel Dagblad and blogs weekly on new archaeological discoveries from around the Mediterranean: