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File 003 - "Alexander the Great, Byzantium and Islam," notes and text

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"Alexander the Great, Byzantium and Islam," notes and text


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Vasiliev, Alexander Alexandrovich (1867-1953)

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Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev (1867–1953) was considered the foremost authority on Byzantine history and culture in the mid-20th century. His History of the Byzantine Empire (vols. 1–2, 1928) remains one of a few comprehensive accounts of the entire Byzantine history. Vasiliev studied under one of the earliest professional Byzantinists, Vasily Vasilievsky, at the University of St. Petersburg and later taught the Arabic language there. Between 1897 and 1900, he continued his education in Paris. In 1902, he accompanied Nicholas Marr on his trip to the St. Catherine Monastery in the Sinai. During his stay at the Tartu University (1904–1912), Vasiliev prepared and published an influential monograph, Byzantium and the Arabs (1907). He also worked in the Russian Archaeology Institute, established by Fyodor Uspensky in Constantinople. In 1912, he moved to the St. Petersburg University as a professor. He was elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1919. In 1925, during his visit to Paris, Vasiliev was persuaded by Michael Rostovtzeff to emigrate to the West. It was Rostovtzeff who ensured a position at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for him. Several decades later, Vasiliev moved to work at Dumbarton Oaks, where he was a Senior Scholar between 1944 and 1948 and thereafter a Scholar Emeritus. Towards the end of his life, he was elected President of the Nikodim Kondakov Institute in Prague and of the Association Internationale des Etudes Byzantines.

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This file contains a manuscript of the English version of the paper "Alexander the Great, Byzantium and Islam," with some related notes.

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The French version of this paper is included in a different file in this series. A typescript of the French version is included in the "Typescript" series of this collection.

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This record was created by James Curtin on July 15, 2013.


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Preferred Citation: Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev Research Papers and Photographs, ca. 1930s-1953, RP.BZ.AV, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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  • Box: RP.BZ.AV, Box 4