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Richard Saller

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Richard Saller

Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies
Professor of Classics and History

Richard Saller is the Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies at Stanford University. Previously he was Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences here at Stanford University as well as Provost and Dean of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He taught at Swarthmore College and held visiting professorships and fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and Jesus College, Cambridge. His research focuses on Roman social and economic history, in particular, patronage relations, the family, and the imperial economy.  He uses literary, legal, and epigraphic materials, as well as computer simulations, to investigate issues of social hierarchy, gender distinctions, and economic production. His publications include The Cambridge Economic History of Greco-Roman World (2007); Patriarchy, Property, and Death in the Roman Family (1994); Personal Patronage under the Early Empire (1982); and The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture (2nd, expanded ed. 2014), which has been translated into French, Italian, German, Greek, and Spanish. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.


April 2022
The elder Pliny’s Natural History (77 CE), an astonishing compilation of 20,000 “things worth knowing,” was avowedly intended to be a repository of...
December 2007
In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarise the current state of...
May 2002
Personal patronage was an accepted element in the functioning of Roman society. It is usually considered to be a particularly Republican phenomenon,...
Richard Saller, P.D.A. Garnsey
July 1987
During the first, stable period of the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and...