Verlinsky Alexander L.

  1. Alexander Verlinsky (born in 1959), has been teaching since 1990 at the Department of Classics, State University of St. Petersburg, since 2010 as a Full Professor. He took his PhD in 1997 and defended doctoral dissertation (habilitation) in 2008 at the Philological Faculty, State University of St. Petersburg.  In 1993 he took part in the founding by Alexander Gavrilov of the Bibliotheca Classica Petropolitana, an independent institute for the promotion of classical studies in St. Petersburg. Since that time he was a coeditor of the Hyperboreus, a classical journal founded in 1994, and since 2007 Director of the Bibliotheca Classica. He published on various subjects in the field of ancient philosophy, mainly on ancient theories of the origin and development of culture, language and religion. His current projects are “Plato’s vision of cosmic and human history” and “Aristotle on moving forces of historical development”. Visiting appointments include: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1998–2000, Freie Universität Berlin); junior fellowship (2002–2003), Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, D.C.); Member of the School of Historical Studies (2008), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ.; guest of rector (2010), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2012, Universität Trier).

Most important publications:

Monographs (authorized)

  1. Ancient Theories of the Origin of Language (St. Petersburg State University Press 2006).- 412 pp. (in Russian with English summary
  2. Diodorus of Sicily, The Historical Library. A Russian Translation of books 4-10 and revised translation of books 1–3 (Moscow, in press)

Monographs (edited)

  1. Mouseion: Essays to 70th Birthday of Prof. A. I. Zaicev (St-Petersburg, University Press 1997) (coeditor).
  2. Tradita non explorata, Philologia Classica 7 (St. Petersburg State University Press 2007).- 295 pp. (editor in chief)
  3. Alexander Gavrilov, O Filologii i filologach (On Philology and Philologists: Collected Papers) (St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg  State University Press 2011) (co-editor, with Olga Budaragina and Denis Keyer)
  4. Variante Loquella: Festschrift Alexander Gavrilov = Hyperboreus Vol. 16/17 (2010/11) (St.Petersburg, Bibliotheca Classica – München, C. H. Beck, 2012).- 624 pp. (editor in chief)
  5. Institutions of Classical Scholarship in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries/Institutionen der Altertumswissenschaft in den 19. und 20. Jahrhunderten/Антиковедческие институты в XIX–XX вв. (St Petersburg – Munich 2014) = Hyperboreus 19 (2013) -320 p. (editor in chief).

Articles

 1.      “The Medical Analogies and the Problem of Application of Practical Knowledge in Plato and Aristotle”, in: On the history of Ancient Greek Science. Ed. by A. I. Zaicev et al. (Leningrad 1990), 90–116 (in Russ.)

2.      “Towards the Prosopography of Bosporus: the Stoic Sphaerus”, in: Studies in History and Culture of the Ancient Northern Black Sea Coast. Ed. by A. K. Gavrilov (St. Petersburg, “Glagol”, 1992), 146–178 (in Russ. with German Summary).

3.   Οὐ συνορώμενα πράγματα (Epicurus, Ep. Hdt. 76): On the Epicurean theory of the origin of language”, Hyperboreus 1 (1994 / 1995) fasc. 2, 46–86 (in Russ., with English summary).

4.      “Do Animals Have Freewill? Epicurus, On Nature XXV, 20 B and 20j Long–Sedley”, Hyperboreus 2 (1996) fasc. 1, 125–138.

5.      “The Origins of Speech in the Epicurean Theory”, in: Mnemes charin: Essays in memory of A. I. Dovatur (St. Petersburg, University Press 1997), 66–89 (in Russ.).

6.      “The Date of Democritus in Apollodorus and Thrasyllus”, in: Mouseion: Essays to 70th Birthday of Prof. A. I. Zaicev. (St.-Petersburg, University Press 1997), 100–127. (in Russ.).

7.      “The Beginnings of the Discussions Concerning the Origins of Language in the Greek Literature”, in: Classical Languages and the Indo-European Linguistics: Essays to 100-th Birthday of Iosif Tronsky. Ed. by N. Kazansky (St.-Petersburg, Institute of Linguistic investigations, 1998), 47–79 (in Russ.).

8.      “The Epicureans against the First Inventors”, Hyperboreus 4 (1998) 302–339 (in Russ. with summary in English).

9.      “Necessity, Chance, Freedom: Democritus and His Heirs”, in: Linguistica and Philologica: Essays to 75-th Birthday of Y. Otkuptschikov. (St. Petersburg, University Press 1999) 211–238 (in Russian).

10.  “The first accounts of Jews in the Greek Literature: the origins of the Jewish Religion in Theophrastus and Hecataeus” in: Greeks and Jews. The Dialogue through centuries The Acts of the 1995 International Congress in the Jewish University (St. Petersburg, Jewish University Press, 1999) 215-235 (in Russ.).

11.  “An unusual Euhemerist theory: dei ex elementis nati,” Hyperboreus 6 (2000) 362–386 (in Russ. with summary in German)

12.  “Ptolemy, On Criterion 4. 2-6: An evidence for the Epicurus’ theory of the origin of language”, in Indo-European Linguistics and the Classical Philology: The Papers of the annual Conference in memory of I. Tronsky VI. (St. Petersburg, Nauka, 2002) 32–39

13.  “Opera minora of Alexander Zaicev”, in Alexander Zaicev, Collected Papers (St. Petersburg State University press, 2002) 5–38 (in Russian)

14.  “Socrates’ method of etymology in the Cratylus,” Hyperboreus 9 (2003) 56–78

15.  “Jacov Borovskij’s  work on Lucretius”, in Cathedra Petropolitana, Philologia Classica 7  (St.Petersburg State University Press, 2004)  69–87 (in Russian)

16.  “Epicurus and his Predecessors on the Origin of Language”, in D. Frede and B. Inwood (eds.) Language and Learning: Proceedings of the 9th Symposium Hellenisticum (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005) 56–100

17.  “The Flood in Aristotle’s Meteorologica (I.14)”, in J. Althoff et alii (eds.) Antike Naturwissenschaft und ihre Rezeption.Vol. 16 (Trier 2006) 51–68

18.  “Aristotle on drying up of Argolis”, in Tradita non explorata, Philologia Classica 7 (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University Press 2007) 58–80 (in Russian, with English summary)

19.  “Aristotle on the origin of Greeks”, Vestnik of St.Petersburg State University, series Philology 3/2 (2007) 14–18 (in Russian, with English summary)

20.  “Etymology and pre-cataclysmic wisdom in Aristotle”, Vestnik of St.Petersburg State University, series 9,  2/1 (2008) 3–13 (in Russian, with English summary)

21. “The Cosmic Cycle in the Statesman Myth. Part I”,  Hyperboreus 14/2 (2008) [2009] 57–86

22.  “The Cosmic Cycle in the Statesman Myth. Part II”,  Hyperboreus 15/2 (2009) [2011] 221-250

23.  Petersburger Altphilologie und Deutschland in Geschichte und Gegenwart, in T. V. Nikitina (Hg.) Kultureller, sozial-ökonomischer und wissenschaftlicher Austausch zwischen Russland und Deutschland: Probleme und Perspektiven (Sankt-Peterburgskij Gosudarstvennyj Universitet Ėkonomiki i Finansov 2009) 161 - 170 (on line http://bukas-humboldt.ru/files/Publikation.pdf)

24. “About the Author of the Book”, in Alexander Gavrilov, O Filologii i filologach (On Philology and Philologists) (St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg  State University Press 2011)  346 – 358 (in Russian)

25. “Theology and Relative Dates of the Timaeus and the Statesman”, Hyperboreus 16/17 (2010/11) = Variante Loquella: Alexandro Gavrilov Septuagenario (St. Petersburg 2011) 326–343

26 „Three Months in WiKo“, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Jahrbuch 2010/2011 (Berlin, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2012) 259-263

27. "Preface" in: Institutions of Classical Scholarship in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries/Institutionen der Altertumswissenschaft in den 19. und 20. Jahrhunderten/Антиковедческие институты в XIX–XX вв. (St Petersburg – Munich 2014) = Hyperboreus 19 (2013). p. 7-10.

28. ‘From Athens to Stagira, from Stagira to Athens: On One sentence from Aristotle’s Lost Letter (Demetrius, De elocut. 29; 154 = Arist. fr. 669 Rose), in Philologia Classica 9 (St. Petersburg 2014) 43-88 (in Russian with English Summary).

29. An Unknown Letter of Friedrich Pfister on Possible Influences of Classical Tradition on Thomas More’s Utopia, in Drevnij mir i my (Ancient World and Us) 5 (St.Petersburg, Bibliotheca classica Petropolitana, 2014) 169 – 176 (in Russian with English Summary)

30. “Lysias’ Chronology and the Dramatic Date of Plato’s Republic”, in СHARAKTER ARETAS. Donum natalicium Bernardo Seidensticker ab amicis oblatum. Ed. N. Almazova et al. (St. Petersburg – München, 2015) = Hyperboreus 20 (2014 [2015])  158-198

31. „Bibliographie Bernd Seidensticker“, ibid. 453-461

32. “Mentor of Rhodes and the Date of the Aristotelian Magna Moralia”, Philologia Classica. 10 (2015) 31-63 (in Russian, with English Summary)

33. The Golden Age and Crisis of Classical Scholarship in Europe and Russia – people, institutions, ideas (ca. 1870 – ca. 1930) (St Petersburg, Bibliotheca Classica Petropolitana - C. H. Beck, München, 2015) = Hyperboreus 21:2 (2015) (ed.)

34. Preface, ibid. p. 187-194

Encyclopedia articles

27.  “The Sophists”, “Protagoras”, “Critias”, “Prodicus”, “Alcidamas”, “Thrasymachus”, “Dissoi Logoi”, “Hippias”, “Lycophron”, in The Dictionary of Ancient Philosophy (Moscow 2008) (about 50 pages, in Russian)

28. “‘From Athens to Stagira, from Stagira to Athens’: on One Sentence from Aristotle’s Lost Letter (Demetrius, De elocut. 29; 154 = Arist. fr. 669 Rose)“, in Internationales Alexander-von-Humboldt-Kolleg Phänomenologie, Geschichte und Anthropologie des Reisens 16.-19. April 2013. Abstracts (St Petersburg 2013) 120–121

29. “Greek Atomism and Alphabetic Writing: Some Considerations”, Voprosy Filosofii (2014): 6, 71-88 (in Russian, with English Summary)

30. Philologia inter Disciplinas: The Department of Classics at St Petersburg University 1819-1884”, in A. Verlinsky et al. (ed.) Institutions of Classical Scholarship in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries/Institutionen der Altertumswissenschaft in den 19. und 20. Jahrhunderten/Антиковедческие институты в XIX–XX вв. (St Petersburg – Munich 2014) = Hyperboreus 19 (2013) 162-202.

Editorships

1994–1997, associate editor of the Hyperboreus

Since 1997– co-editor of the Hyperboreus (editor in chief of the issues 3/1; 3/2; 4/1; 6/2; 8/1; 11/2; 13, 15/2, 16-17)

Since 2001– co-editor of the Philologia Classica (editor in chief of the vol. 7)