A Biographical Dictionary of St. Petersburg Classicists in the 19th – early 20th centuries

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).
SPA-XIX offers the readers alphabetically arranged biographies of 250 scholars, pedagogues, antiquarians, artists and literary figures who contributed to the development of Classical studies in Russia and are associated with St Petersburg. The articles are based on the extensive use of the scholars’ legacy, as well as biographical literature and archival materials. Striving for historicism and objectivity, the authors of the articles, who themselves work in various fields of Classical studies, show the achievements and shortcomings of their predecessors by comparing the opinions of their contemporaries and refraining from simplistic conclusions. The third volume’s reference sources (indices of names, lists of institutions related ancient world studies, etc.) aim to clarify the historical setting in which the figures of the SPA-XIX developed. The articles are accompanied by a selected bibliography and images of scholars. The book is intended for experts in antiquarian studies of various fields, as well as for historians of Russian scholarship, culture and education, and for scholars of literature and art who deal with the reception of the ancient heritage. It also might be of interest for a broad readership who cherish the past of Russian culture and art.