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Arkadiy Avdokhin

Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin has recently joined HSE as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies. He works on late antiquity, mainly early Christian, but also has strong interests in the traditional Hellenic religion in later empire in the East
  • Arkadiy Avdokhin has been at HSE University since 2018.

Academic biography

Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin has recently defended his doctoral thesis at King's College London and joined HSE as a Postdoctoral fellow. He is teaching seminars in late antiquity and Byzantium.

Originally trained as a classicist at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Arkadiy went on to do his PhD at King's, where he also gained experience in undergraduate teaching. He was also an active participant of late antique and Byzantine seminars at the University of Oxford in 2013-15

Research interests

Dr Avdokhin is a scholar with wide-ranging interests in how texts work in late antiquity and early Byzantium (4rd–7th cc. AD) as means of communicating religious and social discourses. His academic interests span from devotional poetry to inscribed imperial edicts put up in city spaces, as these all are various manifestations of textuality and how it functions in this period.

Arkadiy's thesis examined Athanasius of Alexandria’s thought and writings in the context of ecclesial, ascetic, and liturgical developments in fourth-century Christian communities in Egypt. Currently he is working on a research project on early Byzantine imperial epigraphy while continuint his research into early Christian prayers and hymns

Education and Degrees

  • 2018

    PhD
    King’s College London

  • 2010

    Degree
    Russian State University for the Humanities

Student Term / Thesis Papers

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Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

History of Byzantine (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 1 year, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2018/2019)

Antiquity and Byzantium (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 2 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2017/2018)

Antiquity and Byzantium (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 2 year, 2-4 module)Rus

Research interests

Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin has worked on the intricate relationships between liturgical texts, doctrine and ecclesial politics for many years. Alongside his interest in late antique hymnic texts (mainly Christian, but also non-Christian), Dr Avdokhin has engaged with the study of such wider strands of late antique religiosity as the cult of emperor (particularly in the context of the shift to Christianity) and religious epigraphy (particularly its visual presence in urban spaces), and these interests have expressed themselves in a number of conference papers and forthcoming publications.

Dr Avdokhin's overarching interest is in the different facets of religious language and discourse (both linguistically and visually conceived) in course of the arrival of Christianity as the new dominant religion in late antiquity, and how it established itself in cultic and religious public texts. (Para)liturgical hymns (Christian and pagan), religious inscriptions, and public involvement with the cult of emperor all fit within this wider conceptual frame.

Publications

20221

Article Avdokhin A. Singers Silently Speaking: Psalmists in Inscriptions from Late Antique Middle Egypt (Bawit) // Journal of Early Christian Studies. 2022. Vol. 30. No. 1. P. 1-30. (in press)

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20191

Chapter Avdokhin A. Plutarch and Early Christian Theologians, in: Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Leiden : Brill, 2019. doi P. 103-118. doi

20151

Article Avdokhin A. A Dipinto from the so-called ‘Chapel of St Paul’ (Caesarea Maritima): a Reading and Interpretation // Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 2015. Vol. 196. P. 155-158.

Timetable for today

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Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin secures funding for a major joint Russian-Austrian research project

On 26 March 2021, it was announced that Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin, Associate Professor at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, Senior research fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies, HSE University, was successful in his application for a research grant to fund a 4-year Russian-Austrian project on pilgrims’ inscriptions in Byzantium and Old Rus’. The project has received funding from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Austrian science fund (FWF Der Wissensсhaftsfond).