Department of Ancient Orient

Staff of Department conducts cross-disciplinary researches, studies ancient cultural monuments; are engaged in the analysis of philology and textual criticism, translate and investigate ancient monuments of written cultures.

Staff of department studies various problems of the state and society in the Ancient East.

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Akalanka Bhaṭṭa and his Rājavārttika: An Example of Textual Transmission in the Digambara Philosophical Commentary Tradition
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the trajectory of the formation and development of philosophical thought in the territory of the Indian subcontinent had quiet a particular vector.
Review of: Irina Glushkova & Eugenia Vanina (eds.) Pod nebom Iuzhnoi Azii. Khula i khvala: kommunikativnye modal'nosti istoricheskogo i kul'turnogo svoeobraziia (Under the Sky of South Asia: Defamation and Praising: Communicative Modalities of Historical and Cultural Uniqueness (in Russian)). Moscow: Nauka – Vostochnaia literatura, 2017. 927 pp.: ill. ISBN 978-5-02-039789-7

Notes on the question on account of time in Central Asia
Galina Kolganova, Mikhail Nickiforov
The paper investigates the calendar and astronomical representations of Kirghiz-Cossacks, Uzbeks, and mountain Tajiks. All these people used the lunar-stellar calendar. This calendar calculates the duration of the month by observing conjunctions of the Moon with the Pleiades. The authors