Alexander (Sasha) Nikolaev

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies & Linguistics
Alexander (Sasha) Nikolaev
Office phone: 617-358-4287
Office number: STH 417
Office address: School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2019: M 12:10–1; T 12-1; W 2:30-3:30; or by appointment

BA, Classics and Linguistics, University of St. Petersburg, Russia
PhD, Linguistics, Harvard University

Early Greek literature (epic, lyric, iambic, and elegiac poetry); early contacts between Greece and other cultures of the Near East; historical grammar and etymology; comparative poetics and mythology.


Fall 2019

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 205

The Origins of Writing

web A1 Nikolaev MWF 11:15-12:05 CAS 226
An overview of the major writing systems of the world: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads), East Asian scripts, runes, and Greek and Roman alphabets. This course has a considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures.
    Also offered as CAS CL 205. [Note that this course does *not* satisfy the prerequisite of CAS LX 250 for higher level linguistics courses.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Historical consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration