I first met Caspar Ten Dam in 2011 in Yerevan, where he presented a brilliant paper on the genesis, mechanisms and development of regional conflicts which involve ethnic and religious minorities and their confrontation with regional and world powers. I discovered that the factual analyses which make up a basis for his theoretical models may have a universal meaning and may be also applied to different periods of history for example ancient history.
Caspar Ten Dam is an independent scholar with a great ability to reconstruct and build theoretical models. He has a Thucydidean attitude in historical studies: factual data offer him the opportunity to analyze universal historical patterns such as rebel minorities, power struggles, imperialism.
Habilitated Dr. Tomasz Polański
Professor of the Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland
Head of the Department of Ancient History
Andrew Mellon Fellow 1999/2000, 2006/2007