Vladimir Toporov

Vladimir Nikolayevich Toporov (5 July, 1928 - 5 December, 2005) was a leading Russian philologist who presided over the Moscow-Tartu school of semiotics after Yuri Lotman's death.

Toporov authored more than 1500 works, including "Akhmatova and Dante" (1972), "Towards the Reconstruction of the Indo-European Rite" (1982), "Aeneas: a Man of Destiny" (1993), "Myth. Rite. Symbol. Image" (1995), "Holiness and Saints in the Russian Spiritual Culture" (1998), and "Petersburg Text of Russian Literature" (2003). He translated the Dhammapada into Russian and supervised the ongoing edition of the most complete vocabulary of the Prussian language to date (5 volumes).

Among Toporov's many honours were the USSR State Prize (1990), which he turned down to voice his protest against the repressive policies of the Soviet administration in Lithuania; the first ever Solzhenitsyn Prize (1998), and the Andrei Bely Prize for 2004. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and many other scholarly societies.

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