Pyotr Ivanovich Kafarov (Pre-reform Russian: Петръ Ива́новичъ Кафа́ровъ) (Modern Russian: Пётр Ива́нович Кафа́ров), also known by his monastic name Palladius (Pre-reform Russian: Палла́дій) (Modern Russian: Палла́дий), (1817, Chistopol – 1878), was an early Russian sinologist.
Like his teacher Ioakinf Bichurin, Palladius was a Russian Orthodox monk. During his stay in China, he discovered and published many invaluable manuscripts, including The Secret History of the Mongols.
Kafarov has designed a Cyrillization system for the Chinese language, known as the Palladius system. This system has remained the basis for official transcription of Chinese personal and geographical names in Russia ever since.
The Chinese-Russian Dictionary composed by Archimandrite Palladius remains a well-known scientific work even today.
- Cyrillization of Chinese
- «Elucidations of the Marco Polo’s Travels in North-China» («Journal of the North-China Branch of the R. As. Soc.», vol. X, 1876)
- «The Road from Beijing to Blagoveschinsk» (The journal of the Royal Geographic Society of London, Volume 42, J. Murray, 1872)
- "Путешественник - Архимандрит Палладий Кафаров", Russian "СМ номер один" Magazine, September 2005, in Russian
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