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Tazuko van Berkel

University Lecturer

Dr. T.A. van Berkel
+31 71 527 2674

Tazuko van Berkel is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Greek language and literature
  • the history of ideas, especially value terminology
  • ancient history
  • economic anthropology
  • ancient philosophy, especially ethical texts, dialectics, relativism, skepticism
  • modern philosophy; the philosophy of economics


Other research projects

Digital Humanities: Sources and Echoes of Protagoras

In addition to working on my dissertation I have presented a paper in an international conference on Protagoras of Abdera (2007) that has resulted in an article on the Man/Measure-statement. I am currently part of a team with Dr. Marlein van Raalte, Dr. Adriaan Rademaker and Prof. dr. Noburu Notomi (Keio University) that prepares a new critical edition of the fragments of Protagoras (“Sources for Protagoras”). In collaboration with other fragment edition projects we are exploring new digital ways of publishing fragmentary material.

Critical Edition: Eudemus of Rhodes

In collaboration with Dr. Peter Stork, Prof. dr. Johannes van Ophuijsen en Dr. Mariska Leunissen we are working on an annotated edition of the mathematical fragments of Eudemus of Rhodes that will result in a monograph in the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities-series.

Moral Accounting

In collaboration with Prof. dr. Arjo Klamer I am working on a publication on the principles of Moral Accounting, i.e. “bookkeeping” in contexts that are distinct from purely economic relations.

Art Project: A Community of Weak Ties

In a collaborative art project with artists (Ronald Boer, Jonmar van Vlijmen) and anthropologists (Dr. Erik Baehre, Nikkie Buskermolen) we are working on new ways of conceptualizing and tackling debt problems among youngsters in Amsterdam New West. Our aim is to establish a Community of Weak Ties and to stage encounters between people from different social environments. E.g. Youssef from a vmbo High School in Amsterdam New West and a banker from the Zuidas. For more information: Pamflet: A Community of Weak Ties (Dutch) and Facebook.com/Schuldencoop.

Group Project: Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

In the spring term of 2012 I was a research fellow at the NIAS in Wassenaar in the group “Mass communication in Classical Antiquity” that worked on communication strategies in contexts of mass communication and decision making in Greco-Roman Antiquity.


Trust and Active Partnership in Ancient Philosophy

Curriculum vitae

Tazuko Angela van Berkel
Born: 28 December 1979


BA/MA Classics, Leiden University (with distinction)


coördinator of OIKOS (National Research School for Classics)


MA thesis "Waarheden en Weerwoorden: een Interpretatie van Dio Chrysostomus' Elfde Oratie"


Project Manager at Brill Academic Publishers


BA Philosophy (with distinction)


PhD Student (Classics; part-time), Leiden University; thesis defended on 27/11/2012 (with distinction)


coordinator of OIKOS (National Research School for Classics)


Researcher and Lecturer, Leiden University


Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, Leiden Unviersity

Teaching activities


BA-seminar "Normen en Waarden" (BA 3)
Tutoring (BA 1)
Greek Language Acquisition 2 (BA 1) Plato's Crito and Apology (BA 1)
BA-privatissimum "Sources and Echoes of Protagoras: Protagoras and Plato" (BA 3, Digital Humanities)
MA-privatissimum "Sources and Echoes of Protagoras: Protagoras and Diogenes Laertius" (MA & ResMA, Digital Humanities)


Greek linguistics (BA 2)
Thesis seminar (BA 3)
Greek language acquisition 2 (BA1)
BA-seminar 'Normen en Waarden' (BA3)
Tutoring (BA1)


Greek language acquisition 2 (BA1)
Tutoring (BA1)


Plato’s Symposium (BA1)
SCHOLAE-course ('zij-instromers') on Plato
Homer (BA2)
Greek language acquisition 1 (BA1)


Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (BA1)
Greek Language Acquisition 2 (BA1)


LAPP-top programme 'Thucydides in Irak' (secondary school)
Plato's Gorgias (BA1)
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (BA1)



research fellowship at NIAS

Key publications

  • “Made to Measure: Protagoras’ metron”, in: J.M. van Ophuijsen, M. van Raalte & A.M. Rademaker (eds.), Protagoras of Abdera. The man, his measure, Leiden 2013
  • “Pricing the Invaluable. Socrates’ Economics of Friendship”, in: R. Rosen & I. Sluiter (eds.), Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity, Leiden 2010, 249-77. 

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Griekse T&C

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A0.28



  • Academie voor Liberal Arts Docent en moderator MacIntyre-module
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