Keyer Denis V.

Denis V. Keyer was born in 1979. In 1996, he finished the Gymnasium Classicum Petropolitanum. In 2001, he graduated from the Department of Classics at St. Petersburg State University.
From 2001-2004, he was a doctoral student in this same Department. From 2004-2006, he conducted research at the Freie Universitat (Berlin) on an Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halback-Stiftung fellowship. Since 2006, he has worked as a senior lecturer in the Department of Classics and as a junior research fellow at the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journal “Hyperboreus”, of the almanac “The Ancient World and Us (Classical Heritage in Europe and Russia)”, and co-editor of the publication “Corpus Inscriptionum Regni Bosporani: Album Imaginum (KBN-Album)” (2004).

  1. Peer-reviewed articles


- The Sneezing of Amor (Cat. 45, 8–9; 17–18), in: Hyperboreus 8: 2 (2002) 294–301 (in Russian, with a summary in German).

- On the meaning of πρόσσω καὶ ὀπίσσω in Homer, in: Materials of the XXXIII international philological conference (Philological Faculty, SPbSU). Vol. 4: Classical Philology, Methodics of teaching of ancient languages. (St. Petersburg 2004) 14–16 (in Russian)

- Parěre and parare in the sense of ‘to acquire’, in: Philologia classica 6 (2004) 209–218 (in Russian).

- On the Circumambulation of the Altar in Ancient Greece (on the meaning of Gk. ἐπὶ δεξιά), in: Vestnik of St. Petersburg State University, ser. 9: Philology, Oriental Studies, Journalism 3: 2 (Sept. 2007) 163-167 (in Russian).

- On the expression of temporal relations in Homer: chthiza te kai proiza, in: Izvestia: Herzen University Journal of Humanities & Sciences, Postgraduate Issues 30[67] (2008) 113–117 (in Russian)

- Towards the Polemics about the CIRB-Album (A Letter concerning the Review by I.A. Levinskaya and S.R. Tokhtasyev in VDI 2005 [No. 4] 179-198), in: Vestnik drevnej istorii 2008: 2 (265) 155–168 (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov and N. Pavlichenko) (in Russian).

- On the moving of the sun in terms of right and left (Cic. De div. I, 44-45; Acc. Brut. 27-28, 36-37 R.), in: Gaudeamus igitur: Collected papers in honour of A. V. Podosinov’s sixtieth anniversary, ed. by T. N. Jackson, I. G. Konovalova, G. R. Tsetskhladze (Moscow 2010) 196–202 (in Russian)

- “Trifling kopecks groaning on abacus”: N. V. Shebalin’s textual criticism on Nikolai Gogol’s “Dead Souls”. In: Philologia Classica 8 (2011) 114-118 (in Russian).

- In Virgine mulieres, fugitivi et compediti (Petr. Sat. 39. 9), in: Hyperboreus 16–17 (2011) 121-130.

- Trimalchio’s Astrology: Naïve Superstitions or Intentional Jokes? (Petr. Sat. 35. 1–5; 39. 5–12), in: Hyperboreus 18: 2 (2012) 264–294.

- Why Does the Future Lie behind?: A Myth of Cultural Studies in the Light of Linguistic Data, in: Ancient World and Us: Classical Heritage in Europe and Russia, Vol. 5 (2014) 33–66 (in Russian).

- Venimus ad summum Fortunae: Prosperity and Flourishing of Arts in Horace (Epist. 2. 1. 32–33), in: Hyperboreus 20 (2014) 279–294.

- Arcus in Horace, Carm. 3. 26. 7, in: Hyperboreus 22: 2 (2016) 293–307.

- Apuleius, “Metamorphoses”, 1, 1, 5 forensis: ‘foreign’ or ‘of the forum’?, in: Philologia classica 12: 1 (2017) 35–47.

- Apuleius ‘Metamorphoses’ 1. 10: A Jeer at Conventional Magic Motifs?, in: Philologia classica 13: 1 (2018) 96–102.

-  The Train of Thought in Horace, Epist. 2. 2. 213–216, in: Hyperboreus 24: 2 (2018) 274–286.

- Inscription on a Roman stylus from London, in: Hyperboreus 25: 2 (2019) 340–350.

- Beans and Phases of the Moon in Columella (R. r. 2. 10. 12), in: Hyperboreus 26: 1 (2020) 157–164.

- Interpreting Horace in Th. Zielinski’s and M. Rostovtzeff’s Critique of I. Grevs // Hyperboreus 27: 1 (2021) 160-174.

- Eumolpus’ Poetics (Petr. Sat. 118): Problems of Interpretation and Train of Thought, in: Philologia classica 16: 2 (2021) 234–240.



  1. Edited Volumes


- A Biographical Dictionary of St. Petersburg Classicists in the 19th – early 20th centuries, in three volumes ed. by A. K. Gavrilov a. o. (St Petersburg: Bibliotheca classica Petropolitana; St Petersburg Institute for History, RAS, 2021, in Russian). xxxvi + 426 p., vi + 434 p., viii + 190 p. (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov [ed. in chief] and others) (in Russian).

- Ancient world and Us, vol. 3 (St. Petersburg 2003), 399 p. (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov [ed. in chief], V. Zelchenko, V. Sinelnikov) (in Russian).

- Corpus inscriptionum Regni Bosporani: Album imaginum (St. Petersburg 2004) XVI, 432 p. (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov [ed. in chief], Natalia Pavlichenko, A. Karlin).

- M. Pozdnev. Psychology of Art: The Doctrine of Aristotle (Moscow–St. Petersburg 2010), 816 p. (in collaboration with N. Almazova) (in Russian).

- A. Gavrilov. On Philologists and Philology (St. Petersburg Univ., 2011), 380 p. (in collaboration with A. Verlinsky and O. Budaragina) (in Russian).

- L. Zhmud. Pythagoras and Early Pythagoreans (Moscow, 2012), 445 p. (in collaboration with N. Almazova, V. Zelchenko) (in Russian).

- Ancient World and Us, vol. 4 (St. Petersburg 2012), 455 p. (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov, V. Zelchenko and O. Budaragina). (in Russian)

- A. Ruban, E. Basargina. Classical Antiquity in the Journal of the Ministry of Popular Enlightenment: Annotated Bibliography (St. Petersburg, 2015), 432 p. (in collaboration with A. Gavrilov and A. Verlinsky) (in Russian).



  1. Translations (into Russian):


-  Arthur Rimbaud, „Ver erat…“, in: Abaris, the Journal of Friends of St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium, vol. 2 (2001) 38-43 (from Latin, in verse).

-  Th. Gelzer. Aristophanes: Comedy for the Demos of Athenians, in: Ancient World and Us, vol. 3 (St. Petersburg 2003) 60–93 (from German).

-  Michael von Albrecht. Ovid: A Poet for Our Time, in Abaris, the Journal of Friends of St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium, vol. 4 (2003) 2-4 (from German).

- Grigory Skovoroda. Aesop’s Fable of a Goat and a Piping Wolf, in: Abaris, the Journal of Friends of St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium, vol. 6 (2005) 39-42 (from Latin, in verse).

- Th. Gelzer. Aristophanes, the Mockery Toiler: “Frogs”, 1119–1410, in: Ancient World and Us, vol. 4 (St. Petersburg 2012) 281–290 (from German).



  1. Elegantiora:


- Horace, Odes (I, 25; II, 19), in: Ancient World and Us, vol. 5 (2014) 397–399 (Russian translation in verse).

- Carmina natalicia, in: Philologia classica 9 (2014) 351–358 (jubilee odes in Latin verse and Russian verse translation)

- Carmina Latina, in: Aristeas 15 (2017) 11–20 (Latin jubilee odes and translations from Russian poetry in Latin verse).

- From Horace (Carm. IV, 9), in: Verus convictor, verus Academicus: collected articles for N. N. Kazansky’s 70-th anniversary (St. Petersburg 2022) 339–340 (Russian translation in verse).


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