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Svetlana Ivanovna

Researcher at the IOM RAS
Candidate of Sciences (equiv. Ph.D.) - History
Born on November 6, 1957 in Leningrad (The USSR / Russian Federation).


1975-1980 Leningrad State University, the Deprtment of Asian and African Studies, the Section of Egyptology.

1980-1983 – the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow, Ph. D. In Coptic studies.

PhD Dissertation

Two Coptic Manuscripts from Nag Hammadi as a Source for the Study of Gnostic and Ancient Egyptian Connections. Defended at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow in 1984.

Academic and Administrative Positions

From 1983 up to present – Junior Researcher, Researcher at the Leningrad / St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies / the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

From 1997 up to 2017 – researcher at the IOM Department of Ancient Eastern Studies.

Major Research Interests

The Coptic texts from Nag Hammadi; the Coptic Christian monasteries; the History of the Asian museum – the Institute for Oriental studies; the biography of Serge Elisseeff.


Coptic, English, Russian (native).

International Conferences

Organisation and coordination of the International Assiriologic Congress (Leningrad 1984).

Publications ( the entire list as a *.pdf file)


Marakhonova S.I. Serge Elisseeff s Order of the Sacred Treasure. How the Son of a Russian Merchant Became the “Father” of the American Japanology [Орден Священного сокровища Сергея Елисеева. Как сын русского купца стал основателем американского японоведения]. Saint Petersburg: SINEL, 2016. ISBN 978-5-9908187-6-7.

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