Alexander (Sasha) Nikolaev

Associate 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: Spring 2020: On leave of absence.

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 2020 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 208

The Language of Our Ancestors: Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

A1 Nikolaev MWF 11:15-12:05 TBA
Surveys ancient and medieval Indo-European languages and cultures. English, Irish, Hindi, Russian, Armenian, and Farsi languages are all related and belong to Indo-European family: they descended from a common ancestor, Proto-Indo-European. The course reconstructs this protolanguage using the historical-comparative method. [Prereq: [none]]
Also offered as CAS CL 208