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

I focus primarily on the Seleucid Empire, studying their strategies for exploitation of land in Anatolia and Mesopotamia. My research seeks to find roots for those strategies in the Persian empire and Classical Macedonia to better understand how the Macedonians held onto power in the Near East. My dissertation project seeks to unite two larger threads of Seleucid studies: the economics of empire and institution continuity between Achaemenid and Seleucid rule. My training in Akkadian and Aramaic heavily informs the diverse sources that I deploy in order to develop a richer portrait of the Seleucid economy than previous studies have provided.
During the 2018-19 academic year, I am a joint Greece-Turkey Fulbright fellow. I have also received the generous Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship from the UC Berkeley Graduate Division.

I am also working on articles on the socioeconomics of public land leasing in Hellenistic Thespiai and the pan-Mediterranean phenomenon of clay coin copies. Although my methodological focus is on Greek and Akkadian epigraphy, I also have extensive experience with papyrology. In the past, I have worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, and I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Berkeley-Oxford Papyrology Seminar and study several paraliterary papyri from the Oxyrhynchus collection.