The HSE Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies
Laboratory of Unnecessary Things "Seven Seminars " IUM

In honor of Nina Vladimirovna Braginskaya,
scholar of antiquity and historian of culture

September 19th-20th 2020

"Myth, ritual, literature" – though realizing that the order in which these three words should follow each other is in itself a matter of discussion, we still use them as a title for the conference, and this for the following reason: this triade is the keynote for all Braginskaya's works. It lends a special integrity to the scope of her interests that cover the origins and development of the folklore and literature genres, history of theater and peforming arts, mythology – in comparative and cultural aspects and much more.

Our attempt to reflect this integrity in the event's concept is not just a token of admiration or a result of some formal sophistication. Hopefully, it serves as a way to creatively unite the speakers representing various, possibly even not immediately related fields of science so that the data of different cultures and different branches of scholarship may provide us with a clearer image of the interconnection between myth and ritual and of the way literature once emerged out of this union.


Nikolai Kazansky
Some "rudimentary motifs" in Greek epic poetry

Lucia Athanassaki
Manipulations of Rituals: Intended and Unintended Consequences in Plutarch's Life of Nicias

Alexander Podossinov
Lucian as a critic of Herodotus the mythologist

Andrei V . Lebedev
Heraclitus, Homer and the "ancient quarrel" between poetry and philosophy in the 10th book of Plato's Republic.

Irina Protopopova
Myth in Plato: literature and philosophy

Richard P. Martin
O Sun Above: Heliacal Poetics in Myth and Performance

Anna Greshnyh
Janus, Culsans, the sun and the door

Boris Maslov
Aristotle and Freidenberg on tragic ethos

Natalia Kostenko
"The Race of Life": to the interpretation of the title of O. M. Freidenberg's memoirs

Gideon Bohak
Aramaic Manuals of Divination from the Cairo Genizah

Mikhail Seleznev
Metaphorization and Demetaphorization in the Septuagint

Pavel Lebedev
The Views on Exorcism in Christian Apologetics of the 2nd century

Svetlana Babkina
How the Skull of Araunah Met the Skull of Adam

Andrey Vinogradov
The "Life of John the Calybite" as a novel outside of genres

Ewen Bowie
Narrating mythology and sympotic ritual

Inna Matyushina
Skaldic Ekphrasis: from Myth to Iconography

Fjodor Uspenskij
The primordial cow Auđhumla in Icelandic Family saga?

Tatyana A. Mikhailova
Old Irish sén in expulsion charms

Yulia Ivanova
What is there in common between the Hammer of Witches and the French Encyclopedia?

Sergey Yu. Neklyudov
"The third strategy" of phantom (demonic) creation

Albert Davletshin
Maize Boy and Fish Boy: Searching for Areal Logic in Totonacan Mythologies

Tamara F. Teperik
Multifaceted Cleopatra in the mirror of cinematography: reception of myth and reception of motive.

Dmitry Trubochkin
The ritual in contemporary theater.
Organizing Committee:
Alexandr Podossinov
Mikhail Seleznev
Fjodor Uspenskij
Albert Davletshin
Anna Shmaina-Velikanova
Ilya Smirnov
Vera Mostovaya
Saturday, September 19th
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Staraya Basmannaya 21/4, Moscow, Russia

Sunday, September 20th
Independent University of Moscow
Bolshoy Vlasievskii 11, Moscow, Russia

Should you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Nadezhda Bogdanovich (,