Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952

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Professor of ancient history, Yale University and Director of the Yale University Expedition at Dura-Europos.

From the description of Papers, 1897-1968 and n.d. (bulk 1926-1954). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 27244635

Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff was born in Kiev, Russia, on November 10, 1870. He taught ancient history at the University of Wisconsin, 1920-1925, and Yale University, 1925-1939, where he also served as director of archaeological research and curator of ancient art, 1939-1944. Rostovtzeff died in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 20, 1952. He studied at the University of Kiev and the University of Saint Petersburg, 1888-1892, and the University of Vienna and German Archaeological Institute in Rome, 1895-1898. Rostovtzeff received his M.A. and Ph.D in Classical Philology from Saint Petersburg in 1899 and 1903. As an international scholar, Rostovtzeff travelled extensively and published works in several languages, including Greek, French and English. His works on the Dura Europos excavations are extensive. Rostovtzeff also served as president of the American Historical Association in 1935. He married Sophie Michailovna in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 8, 1901.

From the guide to the Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff papers, 1914-1952, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff was born in Kiev, Russia, on November 10, 1870. He taught ancient history at the University of Wisconsin, 1920-1925, and Yale University, 1925-1939, where he also served as director of archaeological research and curator of ancient art, 1939-1944. He studied at the University of Kiev and the University of Saint Petersburg, 1888-1892, and the University of Vienna and German Archaeological Institute in Rome, 1895-1898. Rostovtzeff received his M.A. and Ph.D in Classical Philology from Saint Petersburg in 1899 and 1903. As an international scholar, Rostovtzeff travelled extensively and published works in several languages, including Greek, French and English. His works on the Dura Europos excavations are extensive. Rostovtzeff also served as president of the American Historical Association in 1935. He married Sophie Michailovna in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 8, 1901. Rostovtzeff died in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 20, 1952.

From the description of Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff papers, 1914-1981 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702165668

  • 1870, Nov. 10: Born, Zhitomir (the Ukraine), Russia
  • 1888: Graduated from the First Classical Gymnasium, Kiev, Russia
  • 1892: B.A., University of St. Petersburg
  • 1899: Master of Latin Literature, University of St. Petersburg
  • 1901: Married Sophie M. Kulezycki
  • 1903: Doctor of Latin Literature, University of St. Petersburg
  • 1905 - 1918 : Member, Constitutional Democratic Party
  • 1916 - 1919 : Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1918: Emigrated to Great Britain
  • 1918 - 1920 : Lecturer, Queen's College, Oxford University
  • 1920 - 1925 : Professor of Ancient History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1925 - 1939 : Sterling Professor of Ancient History, Yale University
  • 1926 - 1927 : Published A History of the Ancient World
  • 1926: Published The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire
  • 1928 - 1937 : Director of the Yale University Expedition at Dura-Europos
  • 1938: Published Dura-Europos and Its Art
  • 1939: Appointed Director of Archaeological Studies, Yale University
  • 1941: Published The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World
  • 1944: Appointed as the Sterling Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, Emeritus
  • 1952, Oct. 20: Died, New Haven, Conn.

Professor Rostovtzeff received honorary degrees from the University of Leipzig (1909), Oxford University (1919), University of Wisconsin (1924), Cambridge University (1934), Harvard University (1936), Athens University (1937), and the University of Chicago (1941). He was also a member of numerous national academies and learned societies, both in the United States and Europe. Included among these are Phi Beta Kappa, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philological Society, La Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, and the Polish Academy of Science.

From the guide to the Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff Papers, 1897-1968, (Duke University. Special Collections Library.)

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referencedIn Sir Ellis Hovell Minns: Correspondence, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952. Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff papers, 1914-1981 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Wallace Notestein papers, 1899-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Vernadsky, George, 1887-1973. George Vernadsky Papers, 16th-20th centuries. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf VanderPoel, Halsted B. Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, ca. 1570-1997. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff papers, 1914-1952 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, circa 1570-1997 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952. Papers, 1897-1968 and n.d. (bulk 1926-1954). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Tyrkova-Williams, Ariadna, 1869-1962. Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams Papers, 1897-1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1953 (inclusive), 1890-1947 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Hendrickson, G. L. (George Lincoln), b. 1865. George Lincoln Hendrickson papers, 1886-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1952, 1890-1947 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn George Lincoln Hendrickson papers, 1886-1962 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff Papers, 1897-1968 Duke University. Special Collections Library.
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Dura-Europos (Extinct city)
Dura (Syria)
Dura (Syria)
Syria--Dura
Soviet Union
Dura-Europos (Ancient City)
Subject
Archaeological expeditions
Excavations (Archaeology)--Syria--Dura
Excavations (Archaeology)
History, ancient
Political refugees--20th century
Classical antiquities
Classical education
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
Archaeology
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Archaeologists
Historians
Classicists
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Birth 1870-11-10

Death 1952-10-20

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