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Askold Ivantchik

  • Askold Ivantchik has been at HSE University since 2014.


Direction of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology and the master program "Classical and Oriental Archaeology", research and teaching, including organizing of archaeological missions.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2003
    Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1996

    Doctor of Sciences*

  • 1996

    University of Freiburg

  • 1990

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)
    Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

  • 1986

    Degree in Ancient History, Classics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, History, Philology

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

1990-1992: Research Fellow at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Fellowship of the Canton Fribourg)

1993-1995: Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

1996-1997: Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University), Washington D.C., USA

2001-2002: Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

2004-2005: Research Fellow at the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany (Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award)

2008: Member of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Uppsala)


Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)


Corpus of Greek and Roman inscriptions of the northern Black Sea region (IOSPE) (under aegis of the International Union of Academies)

Kelainai / Apamea Kibotos: Royal Residence and Metropolis in the Southern Phrygia

The Northern Colchis in Antiquity: Greek cities and Local Population

The Greek City of Agrigentum in Sicily: New Researches



  • 2018
    XXX Крупновские чтения. Кавказ в системе культурных связей в древности и средневековье (Карачаевск). Presentation: К вопросу о греческой колонизации Северной Колхиды и локализации Диоскуриады в архаический и классический периоды
  • Advances in Ancient Black Sea Studies: Scholarly Traditions and Preservation of Cultural Heritage (Констанца). Presentation: The Polis and Royal Power in the Bosporus during the Spartokid Era


Editorial board membership

Вестник древней истории, Moscow (chief editor)

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia, Leiden (chief editor)

Вестник Российской академии наук, Moscow (vice chief editor)

Revue archéologique, Paris

Revue des études anciennes, Bordeaux

Археологiя, Kiev

Il mar Nero, Rome, Paris, Bucarest

Нижневолжский археологический вестник, Volgograd

Nartamongæ. Revue des études alano-ossétiques, Paris, Vladikavkaz


International projects

2001 - till now: “Monde scytho-sarmate et civilisation gréco-romaine”, Union Académique international

« Epigraphy in the Context of the Renovation of Historical Studies in Russia: The New Corpus of Greek and Roman Inscriptions of the Black Sea », Fond National Suisse (with M. Piérart, University of Fribourg)

2009-2010: “Inscriptions grecques et latines d'Olbia et de Tyras”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Research and Higher Education of France, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (PHC Dnipro) (with V. V. Krapivina, Institute of Archeology, Kiev)

2008-2010: “Kélainai / Apamée Kibotos et sa région: une résidence royale en Phrygie”, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany (with R. Schneider, Munich University); 2011-2016: co-funding by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France (2012-2015), Region of Aquitaine (2012-2016), Labex Sciences archéologiques à Bordeaux (2012-2013), University of Bordeaux (2011-2012)

« Digital Library of Ancient Greek Written Heritage of the Northern Black Sea », A.G. Leventis Foundation (with I. Polinskaya, King’s College, London)

Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE), European Commission, head of the French part.

2018-2020: Populations anciennes de la partie nord-occidentale de la région pontique: traditions culturelles et identités multiples (6e s. Av. J.-C. - 3e siècle ap. J.-C.), Agence Nationale de la Recherche, program LabEx, France

Russian projects

RFBR: “Creation of a computer database and computer processing of ancient Greek inscriptions of Olbia (6th century BC - 3rd AD)”, 2005–2007, “Kelenai / Apamea Kybotos (South Phrygia) and its region: research of spatial organization and creation of geo-information system", 2013-2016, "New inscriptions of Tanais", 2017-2019

RSFH: “Corpus of Ancient Greek Inscriptions from Tanais”, 2005–2007; “Corpus of Ancient Greek and Latin Inscriptions from Tyras”, 2008–2010; “Study and Publication of New Inscriptions of Phrigian Apamea”, 2011-2013; “The Phrygian Apamea and its Territory. Archaeological exploration and GIS compilation", 2011-2012; "The study and publication of new inscriptions from Olbia and Tyras", 2014-2016

RSF: "Crimean Scythia in the system of cultural relations between the East and the West (3rd century BC - 7th century AD)", 2015-2017; "Bosporus and Northern Colchis. Greek colonies in non-Greek surrounding: the dynamics of the interaction of diverse types of societies ", 2018-2020

Employment history

1986-1992: Assistant, Junior Research Fellow, Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Dept. of Ancient Orient), Russia

as of 1993: Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Leading Research Fellow, Chief Research Fellow, Scientific director (since 2009) at the Centre for Comparative Studies on Ancient Civilizations, Insitute of Word History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

1997-1998: Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Strasbourg, France

as of 1998: Research Fellow (Chargé de recherche), Senior Research Fellow (directeur de recherche) (since 2007) at the CNRS (Institute “Ausonius”, UMR 5607), Bordeaux, France

as of 2007: Professor of Ancient History at Moscow State University, Russia

as of 2015: Senior research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia

Administration of researches

Vice-president of the Council on researches of the Ministry of science and education of Russia (since 2013)

Member of the Council on researches of the Governement of Moscow (2013-2017)

President of the Russian Association of Classical Studies (since 2009)

Delegate of the Russian Academy of sciences at the International Union of Academies since 2002, in 2013-2015 member of the bureau of the IUA, since 2017 vice-president of the IUA

Vice-president of the Comission on the pseudo-science of the Russian Academy of sciences (since 2018)

Member of the Comission on falsification of researches of the Russian Academy of sciences (since 2018)

Member of the Board of the Russian Foundation for Humanities (2010-2016)

Member of the Commission on the evaluation of research institutes of the Federal Agency of Research Organisations (2016-2018)

Member of the Expert Content Selection and Advisory Committee (ECSAC) – Russian Federation, Elsevier (Scopus Database) (since 2014)

Member of the Board of the Foundation "Evolution" (since 2015)

Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University (since 2005)

Senior Fellow of the Excellence Cluster Topoi (Berlin), Research Project B-2-4 «Scythian Tombs – between Monumentality and Gigantomania»

Member of the Board of the international project Achemenet.com (France)

Member of the International Council on the Indo-European researches and Thracology (Bulgaria)

Interviews, Public lectures

«Александр и Александры»: Выступления Аскольда Иванчика в Казанском федеральном университете

Аскольд Иванчик в «Доме ученых»

Археологические раскопки в Турции – научные результаты и научная дипломатия. Передача «Гамбургский счет» канала ОТР. 01.06.2018

Бунт академиков. Радио Свобода. Грани времени. 28/12/2017

Радость науки – прибавить новый элемент к картине мира. Интервью с Н. Деминой, Правмир.ру, 21/06/2017

Академики против Мединского: почему ученые решили публично объявить диссертацию министра лженаукой. Объясняет член-корреспондент РАН Аскольд Иванчик, Дождь, 28/10/2016

Есть ли основания для лишения Владимира Мединского ученой степени? Коммерсант FM, «Pro и Contra»: Письмо о диссертации министра культуры не является позицией всей РАН, 28/10/2016

«Бранил Гомера, Феокрита…» А нужно ли это знание сегодня?, Передача «Факультет ненужных вещей», Радио России, с Н.П. Гринцером и П. Алешковским, 29/05/2016

Славные предки. Передача М. Родина «Родина слонов». Радио «Говорит Москва», 15/12/2015

Беседа о ремесле историка с К. Морозовым и Н. Соколовым. Третья встреча из цикла «Историк за верстаком» Вольного исторического университета (Вольное историческое общество и Общество «Мемориал»), 16/11/2015.

Судьба музеев: сохранить свидетельства продвижения человечества во времени. Передача П. Алешковского «Факультет ненужных вещей», с А.В. Лебедевым и А.С. Десницким. Радио России, 16/08/2015

Историков нельзя спрашивать о том, кому принадлежит земля, потому что хороший ученый обоснует любую точку зрения. Передача «Гамбургский счет» канала ОТР, 25/04/2015

L’idéologie royale des Scythes et son expression dans la littérature et l’iconographie grecques. Conférence à l’Ecole Normale supérieure le 8/01/2015

Келены – Апамея Киботос: царская резиденция в Южной Фригии, ЯрГУ, 15.09.2014

Interview pour le Radio Radicale de la reforme de l’Académie des sciences de Russie et de la liberté des recherches, 06/04/2014

Академические журналы: проблемы издания в новых условиях. Выступление на второй сессии конференции научных работников «Настоящее и будущее науки в России» 25.03.2014

Программа «Имена», Первый образовательный канал. Эфир 28.07.2013

Реформа РАН: спорные аспекты. Пресс-конференция с А.Р. Хохловым, РИА-Новости, 10.07.2013

Prospections à Kelaniai / Apamée Kibotos (Phrygie), leur traitement géoinformatique et leurs résultats. Séminaire généraliste annuel du Réseau inter-MSH 6/3/2013

другие материалы

Archaeological excavations and an archaeological school in Agrigento, Italy 2021

Archaeological excavations of the expedition conducted by the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, HSE University, were held in the city of Agrigento, on Sicily. The Second Archaeological School, which was based on that expedition, took place from the 4th to the 25th of September, 2021.

Italy, Turkey, and Abkhazia: Outcomes of 2021 HSE IOCS Archaeological Expeditions

This year’s field season is over, and despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, archaeologists from the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) were able to undertake their scheduled expeditions to Italy, Turkey, and Abkhazia. The Centre is the only Russian institution that conducts regular archaeological research in the Mediterranean region—the heart of ancient civilization, where neither Soviet nor Russian classical archaeologists have ever worked before.

International seminar “Bosporos and Northern Colchis”

On the 5th of December 2020 took place the International online seminar “Bosporus and the Northern Colchis. Greek colonies in a non‑Greek surrounding: dynamics of interaction of differently organized societies”, which was attended by participants from Russia, Georgia and Romania. The project was carried out under the direction of A.I. Ivantchik with financial support from the Russian Science Foundation.

Burials of Scythian Kings: Herodotus and Archaeology — Lecture by Askold Ivantchik at the Innsbruck University (Austria)

On December 4, 2019, at the invitation of Dr. Walter Kuntner, Askold Ivantchik, head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, gave a lecture “Burials of Scythian Kings: Herodotus and Archaeology” at the University of Innsbruck (Austria).

Celebration of the Centenary of the International Union of Academies in Paris: Askold Ivantchik, Vice‑President of the Union—one of the organizers of the event

From 22 to 29 November, Paris hosted the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the International Union of Academies (Union académique international, UAI–IUA)—the most prestigious international organization in the humanities and social sciences. The head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik, elected two years ago Vice‑President of the International Union of Academies, took an active part in its preparation and holding.

“Alexander and Alexanders”: Prof. Askold Ivantchik in Kazan Federal University

From November 18 till December 2, 2019, Kazan Federal University hosted the scientific and educational festival “Alexander‑Fest” dedicated to the 215th anniversary of the University. Head of the Center of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave an opening lecture for the students of the Higher School of Historical Sciences and World Cultural Heritage of Kazan Federal University.

How to Teach Classical Archaeology — Talk by Askold Ivantchik in Phanagoria

International conference “Ancient Heritage of Kuban” took place on November 5–7, 2019 at the Phanagoria Museum‑Reserve (Sennoi of the Krasnodar region). The conference was attended by researchers from Russia, Germany and France. The head of the Center of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave a talk on “Problems of Teaching Classical Archaeology: To What and How to Train Archaeologists-Classicists”.

Faussaires et marchands d’antiquités au sud de l’Empire russe (fin du XIXe et début du XXe s.) — lecture by Askold Ivantchik at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

On October 15, 2019, at the invitation of Professor Nathan Badoud, the head of the Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik gave a lecture on “Faussaires et marchands d’antiquités au sud de l’Empire russe (fin du XIXe et début du XXe s.)” at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Prof. Askold Ivantchik: “The King and Royal Power in the Scythian Ideas”

The IVth International Congress on the Archaeology of Eurasian Steppes “Nomadic Empires of Eurasia in the light of archaeological and interdisciplinary research” took place in Ulan‑Ude on September 16–21, 2019. The head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave a paper at the opening session of the Congress on the subject “The King and Royal Power in the Scythian Ideas. Numismatics data”.

Prof. Askold Ivantchik: “Neue Forschungen zur Epigraphik Olbias”

On October 7–9, 2019, Frankfurt University hosted the international conference “An den Ufern des Bugs. Fünf Jahre deutsch‑ukrainische Ausgrabungen in Olbia Pontike” dedicated to the five‑year anniversary of German‑Ukrainian excavations in Olbia. The head of the Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik gave a paper on “Neue Forschungen zur Epigraphik Olbias”.

International Scientific Conference “Archaeology of classical Bosporus and Pontus”

The conference “Archaeology of classical Bosporus and Pontus” dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Dmitry Borisovich Shelov was held in Rostov‑on‑Don, on October 28 — November 1, 2019. Head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik, Associate Professor Valentina Mordvintseva and students of the program “Classical and Oriental Archaeology” Alexey Devayev, Vladimir Lysenko and Pavel Nikulin presented there their lectures. The conference was very representative and brought together about a hundred experts on the archaeology of ancient Black Sea area from a dozen countries. It was held in a warm atmosphere thanks to the staff of the Tanais Archaeological Museum‑Reserve, the Southern Federal University and the Azov Museum of Local Lore, where meetings of scientific sections took place.

Askold Ivantchik, head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, about the meeting of the Union’s standing committee

Askold Ivantchik, vice‑president of the International Union of Academies, participated in the meeting of the Union's standing committee (bureau) on June 7–10, 2019. It was held this time in the Tunisian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Académie tunisienne des Sciences, des Lettres et des Arts Beït al‑Hikma) at the invitation of its President Prof. Abdelmadjid Charfi.

HSE Archaeologists Make Significant Discovery during Excavations in Agrigento

In 2019, HSE will begin accepting students to its new Master's programme in Classical and Oriental Archaeology for the first time. Prior to admission, however, prospective students had the opportunity to participate in an archaeological school in Sicily, where they discovered rare bronze phialae dating back to the 6th century BC during the excavations.

Archaeological Mission and Archaeological School in Agrigento, Italy

From the 1st to the 12th of May, 2019 an Archaeological School took place in the city of Agrigento on the Sicily, Italy. It was organized by the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE (Prof. Dr.hab. Askold Ivantchik, Prof. Dr. Valentina Mordvintseva, Yuri Svoyski, Engineer). The School was conducted in the frame of an international archaeological expedition (University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, France and HSE, Russia, with the participation of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA).

Liubov Eliseeva about her work with epigraphic monuments in UK

From the 12th of January until the 17th of February Liubov Eliseeva, a staff member at the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, was working with the database of epigraphic documents at King’s Digital Lab and Department of Classics (King’s College London) with the participation of Institute of Classical Studies.

Presentation of a new book about Crimean Scythia

On November the 21st, a presentation of a new collective monograph “Crimean Scythia in a system of cultural relations between East and West (3rd century BC – 7th century AD)” prepared under the editorship of Askold Ivantchik and Valentina Mordvintseva (Master’s Programme ‘Classical and Oriental Archaeology’ at IOCS HSE) took place at the Department of Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Askold Ivantchik and Valentina Mordvintseva in Constance (Romania)

From the 20th to the 24th of August, 2018, took place the International Conference “Advances in Ancient Black Sea Studies: Scholarly Traditions & Preservation of Cultural Heritage” organized by the Institute of Archaeology in Jasi and the Museum of National History and Archaeology of Constance (Romania).