Talia Prussin

MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
BA, University of Chicago, 2013
tprussin [at] berkeley [dot] edu

I am currently at work finishing my dissertation prospectus and preparing to sit my qualifying exams. 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 (dis)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 recently completed my MA thesis on the socioeconomics of land leasing practices in third-century BC Thespiai. A highly condensed version of this work will appear as a poster at the 15th International Congress for Greek and Latin Epigraphy. 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.