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Olga Mikhailovna

Head of the Section of Middle Eastern Studies at the IOM RAS
Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - Philology
Born on June 11, 1948, in Aktyubinsk, Kazakhstan, the USSR.

In 1974, graduated from Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies. In 1982, defended the PhD Dissertation, The Book of Deeds of Ardashir Papakan. The Source Study [Книга деяний Ардашира Папакана (источниковедческое исследование)]. In 1998, defended the Habilitation Dissertation, Pehlevi Zoroastrian Literature. Typological Analysis [Пехлевийская зороастрийская литература (типологический анализ)].

From 1978 up to present, works at the Leningrad/St Petersburg Institute of Oriental Studies / the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts RAS, a leading researcher.

From 2000 up to present, a professor at St Petersburg State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

Major research interests: Old and Middle Iranian languages, Book Pahlavi, Manichaean Middle Persian, Pahlavi literature, Manichaean Middle Persian and Parthian texts.



Chunakova O. Middle Iranian Manichaean Manuscripts. Interpretation and Identification // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 39—50.


Chunakova O., Dragoni F., Morano E. A forgotten Manichaean Sogdian bifolio in Sogdian script // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 3—25.

Chunakova O.M. [Review:] Mitteliranische Handschriften. Teil 2: Berliner Turfanfragmente buddhistischen Inhalts in soghdischer Schrift, beschrieben von Christiane Reck. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016 (VOHD; XVIII, 2), 473 S. // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 122–126.

Chunakova O.M. A Sogdian Manichaean Parable // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 35–42.


Chunakova O. The Pahlavi Lapidary // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(3), 2016. P. 73–84.


Chunakova O. Pahlavi Epistolary Formulae // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 32-37.


The Manichean Manuscripts from Eastern Turkestan. Middle Persian and Parthian Fragments [Манихейские рукописи из Восточного Туркестана: среднеперсидские и парфянские фрагменты]. Introduction, with translation, notes and appendices by O.M.Chunakova; fascimile edition of mss. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers 2011. 159 p. (Pamyatniki pismennosti Vostoka CXIX).


Chunakova O.M. The Pahlavi Dictionary of Zoroastrian Terms, Mythical Characters and Mythological Symbols [Пехлевийский словарь зороастрийских терминов, мифических персонажей и мифологических символов]. Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers. Moscow, 2004, 286 p.


The Pahlavi Divina Commedia. The Book of the Righteous Wiraz (Ardā Wirāz nāmaq) and other texts [Пехлевийская Божественная комедия. Книга о праведном Виразе (Арда Вираз намаг) и другие тексты]. Introduction, transliteration of Pahlavi texts, translation and notes by O.M.Chunakova. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers 2001. 206 p. (Pamyatniki pismennosti Vostoka. CXXVI).


The Zoroastrian Texts. Judgments of the Spirit of Wisdom (Dādestān ī mēnōg ī xrad). Creation of the Beginning (Bundahišn) and Other Texts [Зороастрийские тексты. Суждения Духа разума (Дадестан-и меног-и храд). Сотворение основы (Бундахишн) и другие тексты]. Ed. by O.M.Chunakova. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers 1997. 352 p. (Pamyatniki pismennosti Vostoka. CXIV).


Consider the Righteous Ways and Paths. Pahlavi Didactic Texts [Изведать дороги и пути праведных. Пехлевийские назидательные тексты]. Introduction, transcription of the texts, translation, notes and glossary by O.M.Chunakova. Moscow, Nauka GRVL Publishers 1991. 192 p. (Pamyatniki pismennosti Vostoka, XCIV).


The Book of Deeds of Ardašīr, Son of Papak [Книга деяний Ардашира сына Папака]. Transcription of the text, translation from Middle Persian, Introduction, Notes and Glossary by O.M.Chunakova. Moscow, Nauka GRVL Publishers 1987. 163 p. (Pamyatniki pismennosti Vostoka, LXXVIII).

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