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Alexei Muraviev

Institute of World History| Dept. of Ancient History and Christian East

Leninsky prosp. | Moscow, 117 991


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Curriculum vitae

Special Interests

Ancient history, in particular Roman and Late Antique; Early Christianity (especially Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Ethiopia), Byzantine history; Greek Philosophy (esp. Platonism), History of Byzantine and Syriac literature; Classical Philology (historical, philosophical prose, hagiography); Aramaic Studies; Georgian Studies; History of Aksum; Late Antique Intellectual History; Sociology of religion, Comparative Methods in Historical Research


1992 University of Moscow, Classics Dept. Some courses taken at Philosophy Dept.

1992–3 Course in sociology of religion, University of Geneva, Switzerland

1992-1994 – Doctoral Fellow, Institute of General History, State Academy of sciences

1994 Ph.D. in history of the Christian East in Russian Academy of sciences (University) Dissertation title: Julian the Apostate in Late Antique Hagiorgaphy. Thesis advisor: Prof. Sergei Averintsev.

Habilitation thesis is scheduled for 2014

Dissertation title: Syriac Miaphysite Monastics and the Spread of Christianity in the Christian East in VI cent.

Professional Career

Research Fellow, Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences, since 1995 until now from 2001 – Senior Research Fellow

Chair, Dept of History, Classes in Classical and Patristic Greek, Syriac and Christian Arabic, St. Tikhon Institute of Theology, Russia 1992-1996

Guest researcher, CNRS, Paris, 1996-1997

Assistant Professor of Eastern Christian History, Moscow State University, The Institute for Asian and African Studies. 1997-1999

Lecturer in Classics and Byzantine History and patristic literature, St. Andrew Theological Institute 2001–2008

Lecturer on the Late Antique thought, Moscow State University, Faculty of Philosophy, 2011 until now

Fellowships, Awards and Research grants

Scholarship: École française de Rome, May to August 1992.

Temporary post : Centre National de la Recherche scientifique, chercheur associé, 1995-1996

Scholarships of the Maison des sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 1998-2003

Scholarship: Alexander von-Humboldt-Stiftung (Geschichte), 1999-2000, 2001, 2009.

Presidential Academic Award for outstanding young scholars (Russian Federation) 2001

Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2003–4
Research Grants: Russian Humanities Research Foundation 1997, 2002, 2005

Russian foundation for basic research Grants, 1995, 2008

Melbourne University, Whitley College, guest researcher grant, 2013



(1) Lulianos. Die sinaitische arabische Übersetzung des syrischen Juliansromans (co-authored with M. van Esbroeck) (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium) (in print)

  1. Mar Aphrem of Nisibis. Madrashe against Julian. [Мар Афрем Нисибинский. Юлиановский цикл] (Moscow, 2006) [Syriac text, first Russian translation with introduction and commentary, indexes etc. ]

  2. Mar Ishaq of Nineveh. Treatise I, 1 (Moscow, 2008) 250 pp. with tables. [Syriac text, new Russian translation with introduction and commentary, indexes etc.]

  3. Oriental Orthodox Christianity. A Textbook for Religious Study Course for Russian schools (Moscow, 2012)

  4. Syriac Manuscript from Taipei, Academia sinica syr. 1: a lost witness of Syriac Christianity from 12th c. Turfan. Piscataway, 2014 (proposed for print in Gorgias Press)

Articles and Reviews

  1. „Athenagoras of Athens. Legatio pro Christianis . Itrod., translation, commentary“ In: Journal of Ancient History (henceforth - VDI) 3. 1993. pp. 235–252; 4. 1993. pp. 263-279. [in Russian]

  2. „Bi­shop against Cae­sar. Towards the History of One Early ­Byzantine Ideo­lo­gi­cal Motive.“ // VDI, 4.1994, pp.140-153. [in Russian]

  3. Review of J. Pelikan Christianity and Classical Culture. In VDI, 3. 1995. pp. 240–243. [in Russian]

  4. Review of J. A. McGucken Saint Cyril of Alexandria. The Christological Controversy. In Vestnik Drevnei Istorii, 2. 1996. pp. 221–225 [in Russian]

  5. „ Invectivae of Gregory of Nazianzus against Julian the Apostate as Early Byzantine Political Treatise”. In Vizantiyskiye ocherki (Βυζαντινά μελετήματα). Moscow, 1996. p. 57–76 [in Russain]

  6. Christian State in Mar Aphrem’s View // AA.VV. Traditions and Heritage of the Christian Orient. Proceedings of the International Conference. Moscow, 1996. p. 327–342. (reprinted with minor changes in Regnum (Moscow, 1996) pp. 18-33)) [in Russian]

  7. “The Sacralisation of the Language in Byzantne and Russian Church History: a Culturological Survey”. In Unity of the Church in medieval perspective. Moscow, 1996. p. 190–195 [in Russian]

  8. Three martyrs of Chalcedon and the Persian Campaign of the Emperor Julian // Studia Patristica. XXIX. 1996. pp. 94–100

  9. Les noms propres dans les résumés arabes du « roman » syriaque sur Julien l’Apostat // Parole de l’Orient 24(1999). pp. 359—365

  10. La partie syriaque du dossier hagiographique de St. Basile le Grand // VII Symposium Syriacum [Orientalia Christiana Analecta 256] (1998) pp.203–210.

  11. Basil of Cesarea’s Medieval Biography and Correspondence with Julian the Apostate as its Source (BHG 260) // VDI 3 (1997) 156–170 [in Russian]

  12. “Ghassanids” (Entry). In The Guide to the Late Antique World (Ed. G.Bowersock, O. Grabar (Harvard, 1999) s.v.

  13. “Martyr as Opposed to the Emperor (A Essay on Medieval Byzantine Hagiography)// Theological and Historical Studies 2 (1998). pp. 25–36 [in Russian]

  14. “The Syriac Julian Romance and its Place in Literary History”. In Khristianskij Vostok 1/7 (1999) pp. 194–206

  15. “The Miracle about Opening of the Church in Nicea from the Life of Basil of Cesarea in Early Greek and Georgian Traditions“. In Khristianskij Vostok 1/7 (1999) 302–316. [coauthored with M. Kasradze] [in Russian]

  16. “The Fragments of the Syriac Julian Romance from the Manuscript Paris Syr. 378”. In Khristianskij Vostok 2/8 (2000) 14—34 [co-authored with S.Brock]

  17. Syriac Ascetic Tradition. In Hesychasmos. Eastern Christian Ascetic Literature. (Moscow, 2005) pp. 200-220. [in Russian]

  18. Alexius the Man of God. To the Sources of a Medieval Cult // In Istoricheskiy Vestnik 3—4 (7—8) 2000 pp. 7—12.” [in Russian]

  19. Martyres sub Juliano Apostata, I. The Real Place of the Basilica of Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael in Byzantine Constantinople // VDI 1 (2001) pp. 34—49. [in Russian]

  20. The Syriac Julian Romance as a Source of the Life of St. Basil the Great // M.F.Wiles and E.J.Yarnold, Studia Patristica, vol.XXXVII, Papers presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 1999. Cappadocian Writers. [Other Greek Writers] (Leuven 2001) pp. 240—249

  21. Die plerophorische Wurzeln der Konziliengeschichte von Sawiros ibn al-Moqaffa‘, des Bischofes der 9. Jhd // Pre-Actes du XX Congrès des byzantinistes. Communications libres (Paris, 2001) 271—272.

  22. Aphthartodoketismus Justinians und seine Bedeutung für die Geschichte der Kirche in Byzanz und im Orient // Christus bei den Vätern (Vienna, 2003) 341-350.

  23. Macarian or Evagrian ? : Some Observations on the Development of the Syriac Asceticism in Middle Ages // Origeniana 2001 (Pisa, 2003)

  24. Syriac Hesychasm. A Survey. / In: ΗΣΥΧΑΣΜΟΣ. Annotated Analytical Bibliography. Moscow, 2004, pp. 267-299. [in Russian]

  25. Fl. Cl. Julianus in Antioch before the Persian Campaign of AD 363 // VDI 4. 2004. pp. 179–190. [in Russian w. English summary]

  26. Bischofsamt und der Heilige Geist in der byzantinischen Kanonenrecht. In Der Heilige Geist im Leben der Kirche (Vienna, 2005) 277-284.

  27. Shapuhr II a Persian King, the Enemy of Romans, the Friend of Christians, in Vestnik Drevnei Istorii 3 (2005) 115-125. [in Russian]

  28. The Syriac Monothelete Biography of St. Maximos the Confessor. In: St. Maximos the Confessor. Disputation with Pyrrhos. Moscow, 2004, p. 322-332. [Russian translation from Syriac]

  29. The Forgotten Martyr sub Juliano Apostata: Georgian Passion of St. Lucian of Baalbek / / Scrinium 2 (2006) = Universum hagiographicum, p. 144-164. [in Russian]

  30. “The erga kai hemerai of Michel van Esbroeck » in Scrinium (theological and historical review). 2 (2006) 6-13. [in Russian]

  31. “Roman Saints”: Syrian preachers Garima, Yemata and Aftse in Ethiopian Aksum// Historical Review (ВИЛИ) 3(2007) 187-200. [in Russian]

  32. John the Solitary’s “Letter to Theophilos” a chapter in the Chrysostomic tradition // Symbol 52 (2007) 445-462. [in Russian]

  33. Where did Simeon the Mountaineer teach? // Messenger of the St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological University, Series Philologica 1/7 (2007) 58-66. [in Russian]

  34. Memra by Jacob of Sarug about St Simeon the Stylite in the context of the history of religious struggle in the east of the Syrian V-VI cent." // Symbol 55 (2009) 308-323. [in Russian]

  35. Beginning of a second wave of Christianization of Aksum:" Gädlä Zadqan and Syrian βοσκοί / / VDI, 3 (2809) 181-197. [in Russian]

  36. (with D. Afinogenov), two motifs anti-Islamic polemic in the chronicle of George the Monk "/ / Khristianski Vostok 5/XI (2009) 358-368.

  37. Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinoiple. Tomus ad Armenos. Russian Translation and Commentary. In Anthology of Eastern Christian Theological Thought. Moscow-St-Petersburg, p. 596-605.

  38. Biographical Data on Mar Ishaq of Nineveh Given by Ishodnah of Basra. In Дар и Крест. Memorial Natalia Trauberg. St. Petersburg, 2010, pp. 215-238 [in Russian]

  39. The ‘Messalian Myth’ in the Ecclesiastical Controversies in the Iranian Church of the East (VDI) // VDI, 4, 2010, pp. 153-165. [in Russian]

  40. MṢALYĀNŪTHA. Syriac dossier of the Messalian phenomenon (IV cent.). A Note on the movem,ent of the Prayer-Monks in the Syriac Milieu // Messenger og the Orthodox St Tikhon University 22, 2010, pp. 44-53 [in Russian]

  41. True Vineyard: the Church Themes in St Ephrem //Heiligkeit und Apostolozität der Kirche. Forscher aus dem Osten und Westen Europas an den Quellen des gemeinsamen Glaubens. / Hainthaler T., Mali F. (eds.) Innsbruck 2010, 303-310

  42. Entries for ‘Russian Historical Encyclopaedia’ / Ed. By A.O. Chubarian. Mosocw, 2011: Entries «Armenia», «Adorbadagan», «Mar Aphrem», «Apocatastasis», «Apostle», «Apocrypha», «Bar Daisan» etc. [in Russian]

  43. Entries on Syriac and Armenian writers in ‘The Orthodox Encyclopedia (more than 20) (in Russian)(web-site )[in Russian]

  44. Fire and Light in the Sacred space of the Old Believer Orthodox Church // Огонь и свет в сакральном пространстве, Ed. A. Lidov. М., 2013, pp. 151-154(in Russian)

  45. Ishaq of Nineveh in the Catalogue of Abdišō‘ // Scripta antiqua. Т. I., Ed. Mikhail Bukharin. Мoscow , 2011, pp. 405-414 [in Russian]

  46. (co-authored with A. Nemirovsky) From Nineveh to Suziane. Mesopotamian topography in the Syriac Sources. Two Notes // VDI 3, 2012, сс. 67-77(in Russian)

  47. The Syriac Julian Romance in the Tariḫ of at-Ṭabarī // Symbol 61, 2012, сс. 258-279 [in Russian]

  48. Letter to Abba Symeon in the Volume ΑΣΚΗΤΙΚΟΙ ΛΟΓΟΙ of Isaac the Syrian: history of one pseudoepigraph // VDI 4, 2012, сс. 49-62 [in Russian]

  49. The New Persian Marriage Contract in the Syriac Manuscript from Turfan // Proceedings of the First Turfan Symposium on the Ancient Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road (Turfan, 2012) pp. 212-222

  50. Médecine thérapeutique syriaque de l’époque préislamique // Sciences en syriaque. Éd. Par É. Villey. Études syriaques 11. (in print, 2014)

  51. Medical Imagery and Medical Terms in mar Ishaq of Nineveh and Medical Science of his Time // Symposium syriacum 14 (Malta) (in print) 15 pp.

  52. Nosological lexicon of the Syriac medicine // Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages (PLAL) (submitted, 2014)

  53. The Syriac Man of God and his Aksnayūthā // (PLAL) (submitted, 2014)

  54. Basil of Cesarea and Ephrem the Syrian: a historical Encounter or hagiographical Topos // VDI 2014, (in print)

  55. John Chrysostom in Antioch and the historiography of ‘Messalian Heresy’ // Oriens (in print)

Work in progress

“Syriac emigrants of the 6th cent. The Chapter in the Christianization of the Christian Orient”

“The Eastern Syriac Manuscript with the Rite of Matrimony from Taipei”

“St. Isaac the Syrian. Treatises 6-20. Russian Translation from Syriac and Commentary”.
Courses taught

St. Tikhon Theological Institute (1993–2001)

7. Lecture course: Ancient History

8. Lecture course: Byzantine History

9. Lecture course: Medieval Western History

10. Seminar: Introduction to Syriac language

11. Seminar: Classical Greek reading: Plato

12. Graduate Course: Coptic literature from 4th to 12th cent.

13. Graduate Course: Syriac Hagiography

Moscow University (2002-2013)

1. Lecture course: Eastern Christian History (2-14 cent.)

2. Graduate Seminar: Ethiopic History (Axum)

3. Patristic Greek reading (historians, different texts)

4. Seminar: Syriac mystical literature

5. Syriac language course

6. Late Antique philosophy of Medicine (from Galenus to Ibn Sina)

7. Syriac hagiography

St. Andrew Institute (2003-2010)

1. Greek Patristic authors reading (Gregory of Nasianzus, Basil, Chrysostomica, Maximus)

2. Early Church History (3-8 cc.)

3. Ascetical Thought of the Early Church Fathers (II-IV cc.)

Professional talks

Patristic conferences Pro Oriente (Vienna, 2001, 2003; Luxemburg, 2005; Brancoveanu, 2007, Thessaloniki, 2009)

Oxford Patristic Conference (1995, 2000, 2005)

Symposia syriaca (all from 1992)

Congrès de l’association des étuses syriaques (Paris, 2006)

Universita del S. Cuore (Roma) (1994)

Congress on Christian sociology (Sao Paolo, 1999)

International Conférence on Byzantine Studies (1993-2003)

Historian and the Text, Academic Seminar, march 2014

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