I am an affiliated scholar pursuing research on the genesis of ophidian symbolism and iconography in the context of Early Jewish and Early Christian apocalyptic imagination. My research interests include:

(1) genesis of Early Christian iconography and its relationship to classical Greco-Roman and Oriental art: reception, interpretation, appropriation, preservation, modification, and transmission;

(2) cultural interactions between Eurasian civilizations during the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages;

(3) reptiles and composite creatures in religious imagination, mythology, and art.

From 1984 to 1989, I studied at the Department of History of the Astrakhan State Pedagogical Institute, specializing in the cultural history of the early Iranian nomads (focusing on the worldview, mythology, religious beliefs, and art of the Scythians and Sarmatians). I participated in seven archaeological expeditions in Southern Russia (including three conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the USSR Academy of Sciences). From 1991 to 1994, I completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. In 1995, I defended my thesis (Orthodox Iconology and Sophiology in the Concrete Metaphysics of Pavel Florensky) and received my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Religion.

Since moving to Canada in 1997, I have worked in the high-tech industry as a UX/UI specialist. My portfolio includes a variety of digital projects for such major Canadian educational institutions and museums as the Canadian Historical Association, the Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of Canadian History), and the National Gallery of Canada. In July 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa.

I have conducted numerous photo-expeditions around the world collecting the visual records of ophidian iconography in various cultural contexts. These are the highlights of my trips (year indicates the latest visit to the location):


  • PhD (Religious Studies) St. Petersburg State University

  • MA (Ancient History) Astrakhan State Teacher Training Institute

  • BA (Archaeology) Astrakhan State Teacher Training Institute

Blog Posts


    Serpentarium Mundi (Curator)  http://www.serpentarium.org


    • American Academy of Religion

    • Society of Biblical Literature

    • Society for Classical Studies

    • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

    • Canadian Society for Digital Humanities

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