Alexei Alexeev

Alexei Alexeev
University of Ottawa · Department of Classics and Religious Studies

Doctor of Philosophy
Looking for collaborators and sponsors for the Digital Humanities project Serpentarium Mundi (www.serpentarium.org).

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Introduction
Ophidian narratives, symbolism, and iconography in the context of Early Jewish and Early Christian apocalyptic imagination · Early Christian iconography and its relationship to classical Greco-Roman art · Cultural interactions between Eurasian civilizations during the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages · Reptiles and composite creatures in religious imagination, mythology, and art · Greco-Roman numismatics · Digital Humanities (DH) · Knowledge Organization (KO).

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Snakes and serpents play prominent roles in mythology, religion, and art and are important subjects in cultural and cross-cultural (comparative) studies (Charlesworth 2010; Morgan 2008; Mundkur 1983). While a substantial body of literature is dedicated to the symbolism of the serpent in antiquity, it has tended to focus on literary sources while la...
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The formal semantic indicator (FSI) is a novel analytical device developed to facilitate the description and faceted classification of numismatic iconographic types. The Serpentarium Mundi project serves as a testing ground for the FSI methodology (Alexeev 2020; 2021). The main objectives of this paper are to (1) introduce the FSI methodological fr...
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The formal semantic indicator (FSI) is a novel analytical device developed to facilitate the description and faceted classification of numismatic iconographic types. The Serpentarium Mundi project serves as a testing ground for the FSI methodology (Alexeev 2020; 2021). The main objectives of this paper are to (1) introduce the FSI methodological fr...
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In his Kolakes (“Spongers”), Eupolis (c. 446-411 BCE) describes Cecrops as “human as far down as the crotch, then a tunny-fish from there on down” (F 159). This peculiar portrayal of the first king of Athens differs radically from the enduring convention depicting theriomorphic Cecrops as a serpent-legged creature (Gantz 1993; Kron 1976). What was...
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One of the most striking examples of ancient numismatic propaganda is the bronze follis with the reverse depiction of a writhing serpent transfixed by the labarum, a military standard (vexillum) surmounted by the Chi-Rho (Christogram). It was issued circa 327 under the authority of Roman emperor Constantine the Great and was minted in Constantinopl...
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One of the most striking examples of ancient numismatic propaganda is the bronze follis with the reverse depiction of a writhing serpent transfixed by the labarum, a military standard (vexillum) surmounted by the Chi-Rho (Christogram). It was issued circa 327 under the authority of Roman emperor Constantine the Great and was minted in Constantinopl...
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The Specialized On-Line Iconography Database (SOLID) is a customizable digital research framework for the accumulation, classification, contextualisation, interpretation, presentation, and dissemination of iconographic records. It functions as a publicly accessible website and is particularly suited for research projects focused on subjects produci...
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The Specialized On-Line Iconography Database (SOLID) is a customizable digital research framework for the accumulation, classification, contextualisation, interpretation, presentation, and dissemination of iconographic records. It functions as a publicly accessible website and is particularly suited for research projects focused on subjects produci...
Conference Paper
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In his Kolakes (“Spongers”), Eupolis (c. 446-411 BCE) describes Cecrops as “human as far down as the crotch, then a tunny-fish from there on down” (F 159). This peculiar portrayal of the first king of Athens differs radically from the enduring convention depicting theriomorphic Cecrops as a serpent-legged creature (Gantz 1993; Kron 1976). What was...
Conference Paper
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Snakes and serpents play prominent roles in mythology, religion, and art and are important subjects in cultural and cross-cultural (comparative) studies (Charlesworth 2010; Morgan 2008; Mundkur 1983). While a substantial body of literature is dedicated to the symbolism of the serpent in antiquity, it has tended to focus on literary sources while la...
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What are the best practical ways of building a specialized iconography database and developing meaningful metadata for a corpus of images selected by a common subject? While information studies offer theoretical foundations and abstract schemes, practice-based resources development such as that described in this paper provides practical outcomes an...

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Serpentarium Mundi (www.serpentarium.org) is a specialized digital iconography compendium dedicated to a ubiquitous artistic subject: the snake (serpent) and its manifold derivatives (e.g. composite creatures). It catalogues representations of real and imaginary ophiomorphs and their collaterals (e.g. other reptiles) in the visual arts of Old World civilizations from 3000 BCE to 650 CE. Current serpent-related research tends to focus on the documentation and analysis of literary sources, while largely avoiding a comprehensive and systematic look at the iconographic material or using it merely as an illustrative auxiliary. The project seeks to rectify this literature-vs.-iconography imbalance and provide a significant content contribution.