Nikolay P. Grintser

Johan Peter Falck Fellow, SCAS.
Director, School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Russian Presidential Academy
of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow

Nikolay Grintser holds the degrees of Candidate of Science (Ph.D.) and Doctor of
Sciences (habilitation) from Moscow State University (1991 and 1999). For more
than 25 years, he has been Professor of Classics at Moscow State University and the
Russian State University for the Humanities, teaching Greek language and literature,
mythology, history of religion, history of the humanities and education in the classical
age. Since 2013, he has been the head of the School of Advanced Studies in the
Humanities at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public
Administration (RANEPA), and also heads its research center of classical studies.
He has been awarded several foreign fellowships, including Harvard University (1993–
94); Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (1999); the Center for Hellenic Studies,
Washington, D.C. (2000–01); and Freie Universität Berlin (2005–07). In 2016, Grintser
was elected a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

His fields of scholarly interest include the history of Greek literature (with special
emphasis on Homeric epics and classical drama), comparative mythology and the
history of linguistic and literary theory in the antiquity. Among his publications are a
monograph in Russian, Stanovlenije Literaturnoj Teorii v Drevnej Gretsii I Indii [The
Emergence of Literary Theory in Ancient Greece and India], written together with
Pavel A. Grintser (2000), commented Russian editions of Homer (2003) and Sophocles’
Antigone (2016) and numerous articles, including those recently published in English:
 “Common Grief: Weeping over Hector and Rama,” Classics@ 14 (Center for Hellenic
Studies, Harvard University, 2016); and “The Birth of European Linguistic Theory: The
Idea of Language in the Sophists,” From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries:
Select Studies in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek
(Gorgias Press, 2017).

At SCAS, Grintser will work on a project about the use of etymology as a literary device
in archaic and classical Greek literature.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.