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Meeting of the Academic Council - February 5, 2014 Print E-mail
10/02/2014

On February 5, 2014, at the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS, Dr. G.Kh. Kaplan read a lecture A.P. Riftin (1900-1945): Research and Educational Works [А. П. Рифтин (1900—1945): научная и педагогическая деятельность].

Prof. Dr. Alexander P. Riftin was an expert in Assyriology and General Linguistics. He edited Sumerian and Akkadian texts, studied Sumerian, Akkadian and Arabic languages, wrote papers on general linguistics. His major work, Old Babylionian Legislative and Administrative Documents at the USSR Collections [Старо-вавилонские юридические и административные документы в собраниях СССР] (Moscow - Leningrad, 1937) brought him worldwide academic recognition.  He was a prolific teacher and organizer of Orientalist education. In 1933, he established the Department of Semitic Languages, first in Russia, where the first group of Assyriology was formed. The famous scholar Prof. Dr. Igor M. Diakonoff was one of his students.

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