Leonard Rutgers Website
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, Radiocarbonand 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 focussing on the origins of Christianity in Rome (excavation).
Rutgers also writes a column on archaeology for the Dutch financiel newspaper Financieel Dagblad and blogs weekly on new archaeological discoveries from around the Mediterranean: http://leonardrutgers.nl/vz/