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Richard Saller, PhD

  • Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies
  • Professor of History and Classics

Stanford University
450 Serra Mall, Building One
Stanford, CA 94305-2070

(650) 723-9784 (voice)


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.


Journal Articles
October 2021

Lead pollution and the Roman economy

cover link Lead pollution and the Roman economy