October 26, 2011
A conversation with Stanford Dean of the School of Humanities & Sciences and
Professor of Classics and History Richard Saller about the Ancient Roman family and other social institutions.
Outro Music: Steve Winwood, "Different Light"
Saller is the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School
of Humanities & Sciences at Stanford University. He is also the
Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies as well as Professor of
Classics and History. Dean Saller received Bachelor's degrees in both
History and Greek at the University of Illinois in 1974 before
receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1978. He has been at
Stanford since 2007, after having been at the University of Chicago for
many years, serving not only as Dean of the Social Sciences
(1994-2001), but also as the University of Chicago's Provost
(2002-2006). He has also taught at Swarthmore College, UC-Berkeley, and
Saller is widely acknowledged to be a foremost authority on ancient Rome and is the author of three books: "Personal Patronage under the Early Empire," published by Cambridge University Press in 1982, "The Roman Society: Economy, Society, and Culture," co-written with P.D.A. Garnsey, published by the University of California Press, and translated into French, Italian, German, Greek, and Spanish, and "Patriarchy, Property, and Death in the Roman Family," published by Cambridge University Press in 1994 and reissued as a paperback in 1997. He has also co-edited along with Ian Morris and Walter Scheidel, the Cambridge Economic History of Greco-Roman Antiquity, in 2007. Last but not least, Dean Saller was elected, in 2005, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.