Anatoly I. Ruban was born in 1955, in the Ukraine. In 1982, he graduated from in the Department of Classics at Leningrad State University. From 1982-1989, he worked as a teacher of the Russian language and literature at a school. From 1989-1992, he worked at the Reference Department of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 1992-2004, he was a teacher of Latin at the Gymnasium Classicum Petropolitanum. Since 1993, he has worked as a librarian of the Bibliotheca Classica Petropolitana. His research interest lies in the history of Classics in Russia.