Talia Prussin

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2016
B.A., University of Chicago, 2013
This Land is Our Land: Financing Empires Before and After Alexander
tprussin [at] berkeley [dot] edu

My dissertation project, "This Land is Our Land: Financing Empires Before and After Alexander," seeks to unite two larger threads of Seleucid studies: the economics of empire and institutional continuity between Achaemenid and Seleucid rule in Anatolia and Mesopotamia. I focus on how the Seleucids exploited land in Anatolia and Mesopotamia and whether this system of exploitation can be tied to earlier such systems under the Persian empire or Classical Macedonia.

I am currently working on articles on the socioeconomics of public land leasing in third-century BC Thespiai and another on the pan-Mediterranean phenomenon of clay coin copies. As part of the Berkeley-Oxford Papyrology Seminar, aided by a Ludwig Koenen Fellowship from the Society for Classical Studies, I am currently editing a magical papyrus from Roman Oxyrhynchus. I also work as a research assistant in the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri where I coordinate both educational outreach and research collaborations with other institutions, such as the Lawrence-Berkeley National Lab. In addition to my own research, I also work on Laurie Pearce's Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, Names project, which aims to produce a digital corpus of Akkadian documents from Hellenistic Uruk to make them available to Near Eastern scholars and Classicists alike.