Vladimir Toporov

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Vladimir Nikolayevich Toporov (5 July 1928 - 5 December 2005) was a leading Russian philologist associated with the Tartu-Moscow semiotic school. His wife was Tatyana Elizarenkova.

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).

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Algirdas Sabaliauskas’ article

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We find the following very interesting article regarding Vladimir Toporov on the web site of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA (source: http://depts.washington.edu/aabs/news/2006/05/remembering_vladimir_toporov.html)

A slightly revised English translation of Algirdas Sabaliauskas’ article Keletas smulkmenu Vladimiro Toporovo portretui which appeared in 'Siaures Atenai,' May 8, 2006, No. 14 (792).

At the end of 2005 on the 5th of December after sixteen days of suffering (a second heart attack, pneumonia) the 78-year old Vladimir Toporov departed from us. Russian science lost one of its most distinguished personalities. This loss was also terribly painful not only for Lithuanian and Latvian philology, which the deceased had enriched with splendid researches, not only for those who love the culture in general, but also for those who are concerned with the future of these peoples.
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