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Vasilev, A. A. (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich)

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Vasilev, A. A. (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich)

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  • Alexander Alexandrovitch Vasiliev
  • Alexander Alexandrovitch Vasiliev
  • Alexander Alexandrovic̆ Vasil’ev
  • Aleksandr A. Vasil’ev
  • A. A. (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich) Vasil’ev
  • Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev
  • Aleksandr Aleksandrovitch Vasiliev
  • Alexander Vasiliev
  • A. A. (Alexander Alexandrovich) Vasiliev
  • Aleksandr Vasil'ev
  • Aleksandr Aleksandrovic Vasil'ev
  • A. A. Vasil'ev
  • Vasiliev, Alexander Alexandrovich
  • Vasilʹev, A. A. (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich)

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  • Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev

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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.


Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
Studied in St. Petersburg, Russia and Paris, France
Worked in Dorpat [Tartu], Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; Madison, Wisconsin; and Washington, DC
Died in Washington, DC

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Professor, University of Dorpat (1904-1912)
Professor, Pedagogic Institute of St. Petersburg (1912-1922)
Professor, University of St. Petersburg (1917-1925)
Professor, University of Wisconsin (1925-1939)
Senior Scholar, Dumbarton Oaks (1944-1948)
Scholar Emeritus, Dumbarton Oaks (1949-1953)

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US LCNAF no 88002506

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International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families



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This record was created on July 11, 2013.


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LCNAF: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88076494
Milton V. Anastos, “Alexander A. Vasiliev: A Personal Sketch,” The Russian Review 13, no. 1 (January, 1954): 59–63.
Sirarpie Der Nersessian, “Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev, 1867–1953,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 9/10 (1956): 1–21.
Ionut Alexandru Tudorie, "Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev (1867-1953): The Patriarch of the Byzantine Studies," Byzantino-Slavica, Revue internationale des études byzantines 70, nos. 1-2 (2012): 283-323.
Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Historical Papers http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/historical-papers/alexander-a.-vasiliev-papers.
Alexander Alexandrovich Vasiliev http://rbedrosian.com/Byz/Vasiliev_1956_Bibliography.pdf.

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This record was created by James Curtin.