Prof. Krzysztof Nawotka


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Educated: University of Wrocław (MA, history, 1983), University of Oxford (visiting graduate student, 1986-1987), The Ohio State University (PhD, classics, 1991)

Employed: The Ohio State University (lecturer, 1991-1993), University of Wrocław (from assistant professor to professor, from 1993 until now)

Notable academic positions

Vice Rector for Research and International, University of Wrocław, 2005-2008

Chair, Department of Ancient History, University of Wrocław, from 2008 until now

Member of Committee on Ancient Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2011-2015

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, 2011-2015

Member of the Board of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, 2011-2012

Visiting scholar, Brown University, 2014

Member of Academia Europaea, from 2015 until now 

Visiting Professor, Xiamen University, 2018

COST panel member, from 2019 until now

Director, Center for the Study of the Ancient World, UWr

Editorial positions:

Editor-in-chief: Studia Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi Incohantis

Co-editor: Eos. Commentarii Societatis Philologae Polonorum

Member: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, Classica et Orientalia series, Harrassowitz Verlag

Notable grants:

"Greek city in the Hellenistic and Roman age and territorial powers", NCN Maestro program 2015-2022;

"Aleksander Wielki i Wschód: historia i tradycja" ["Alexander the Great and the East: history and tradition"], NCN Opus program, 2013-2016;

"The Eastern Mediterranean from the 5th c. BC until late antiquity", MPD Programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, 2010-2015. 

Research interest: Greek epigraphy, Alexander the Great and his legend (in principal the Alexander Romance), Greek democracy, history of Miletos and its Pontic colonies

Principal publications:

  1. "Zgromadzenia prowincjonalne w rzymskich prowincjach naddunajskich", Antiquitas (AUWr) 13 (1987): 163-200.
  2. "The Attitude towards Rome in the Political Propaganda of the Bosporan Monarchs", Latomus 48 (1989): 326-338.
  3. "Asander of Bosporus, his Coinage and Chronology", American Journal of Numismatics 3-4 (1991-1992): 21-48.
  4. "The 'First Pontarch' and the Date of the Establishment of the Western Pontic KOINON", Klio 75 (1993): 342-250.
  5. F.T. Coulson and K. Nawotka, "The Rediscovery of Arnulf of Orléans’ Glosses to Ovid’s Creation Myth", Classica et Medievalia 44 (1993) [1994]: 267-299.
  6. "Melsas, the Founder of Mesambria?", Hermes 122 (1994): 320-326.
  7. "Tomos, Ovid and the Name Tomis", Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, 7 (Collection Latomus 227), Bruxelles 1994: 406-415.
  8. The Western Pontic Cities: History and Political Organization, Amsterdam 1997 (A.M. Hakkert).
  9. "Inscr. Scyth. Min. I 207 (Istros) reconsidered", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 120 (1998): 107-108.
  10. "Graffiti and dipinti of Nymphaion 1993-1997", Archeologia 49 (1998) [1999]: 85-98.
  11. "Boularchos in Roman Asia Minor", Epigraphica 62 (2000) [2001]: 61-85.
  12. "Loom weights of Ugento", Archeologia 51 (2000) [2001]: 61-65.
  13. "Le rivage occidentale de la Mer Noire à l’époque de Mithridate VI", Antiquitas (AUWr) 25 (2001): 103-109.
  14. "Freedom of Greek Cities in Asia Minor in the Age of Alexander the Great", Klio 85 (2003): 15-41.
  15. "Alexander the Great in Persepolis", Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 43 (2003): 67-76.
  16. "Legislation in the Pontic Colonies of Miletus", Eos 91 (2004) [2005]: 234-241.
  17. K. Nawotka and A. Łoś (eds.), Elite in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Wrocław 2005 [2006] (Wydawnictwo UWr).
  18. "Epigraphy and Freedom of the Greeks in Asia in the Age of Alexander the Great", in: M. Mayer i Olivé, G. Garatta, A. Guzmán Almagro (eds.), XII Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae. Provinciae Imperii Romani inscriptionibus descriptae, Barcelona, 3-8 Septembris 2002, Barcelona 2007: 999-1005.
  19. Alexander the Great, Newcastle upon Tyne 2010 (CSP).
  20. "Miletus and Alexander the Great", in: E. Dąbrow, M. Dzielska, M. Salamon, S. Sprawski (eds.), Hortus Historiae. Księga pamiątkowa ku czci profesora Józefa Wolskiego w setną rocznicą urodzin, Kraków 2010: 143-163.
  21. "How to Handle a King: Miletus and the Successors", Eos 98 (2011) [2012]: 27–42.
  22. "Persia, Alexander the Great and the Kingdom of Asia", Klio  94 (2012): 348-356.
  23. "Alexander the Great: King of Persia", Mnemon 12 (2013):187-199.
  24. V. Grieb, K. Nawotka and A. Wojciechowska (eds.), Alexander the Great and Egypt: History, Art, Tradition, Wiesbaden 2014 (Harrassowitz Verlag).
  25. "Archiprytanis", Epigraphica 76 (2014): 87-110.
  26. Boule and Demos in Miletus and its Pontic Colonies, Wiesbaden 2014 (Harrassowitz Verlag).
  27. "Alexander the Great in Babylon: Reality and Myth", in: R. Rollinger and E. van Dongen (eds.), Mesopotamia in the Ancient World: Impact, Continuities, Parallels: Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Obergurgl, Austria, November 4–8, 2013, Münster 2015: 365-380.
  28. K. Nawotka and A. Wojciechowska (eds.), Alexander the Great and the East: History, Art, Tradition, Wiesbaden 2016 (Harrassowitz Verlag).
  29. "The omina in Babylon and the death of Alexander the Great", Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan 47 (2015 (2017)): 159-170.
  30. "Apollodoros of Artemita: Beyond New Jacoby", in: J. Wiesehöfer and S. Müller (eds.), Parthika: Greek and Roman Authors' Views of the Arsacid Empire, Wiesbaden 2017 (Harrassowitz Verlag): 47-58.
  31. The Alexander Romance by Ps.-Callisthenes: A Historical Commentary, Leiden and Boston 2017 (Brill).
  32. "Seleukos I and the Origin of the Seleukid Dynastic Ideology", Scripta Classica Israelica 36 (2017): 31-43.
  33. R. Stoneman, K. Nawotka and A. Wojciechowska (eds.), The Alexander Romance: History and Literature, Groningen 2018 (Barkhuis and Groningen University Library).
  34. K. Nawotka, R. Rollinger, J. Wiesehöfer and A. Wojciechowska (eds.), Historiography of Alexander the Great, Wiesbaden 2018 (Harrassowitz Verlag).
  35. A. Wojciechowska and K. Nawotka, "The Reception of Alexander the Great in Roman, Byzantine and Early Modern Egypt", in: K. Moore (ed.), Brill's Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great, Leiden and Boston 2018 (Brill): 427-448.
  36. "Syriac and Persian Versions of the Alexander Romance", in: K. Moore (ed.), Brill's Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great, Leiden and Boston 2018 (Brill): 525-542.
  37. "The Three Youths in the Fiery Furnace and their Persian Costume", Mnemon 18 (2018): 250-263.
  38. "Apollo, the tutelary god of the Seleucids, and Demodamas of Miletus", in: Z. Archibald and J. Haywood (eds.), The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond: Essays in Honour of John K. Davies, Swansea 2019 (The Classical Press of Wales): 261-284.
  39. K. Nawotka (ed.), Epigraphic Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean in Antiquity, Abingdon and New York 2020 (Routledge).
  40. "Alexander the Great, Sparta and Ps.-Callisthenes", in: R. Kulesza and N. Sekunda (eds.), Studies on Ancient Sparta, Gdańsk 2020 (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego): 271-282.
  41. "The Campaign of Gaugamela and the Alexander Romance", in: F. Alpi et al. (eds.), Arbela antiqua. Actes du colloque international d’Erbil (7-10 avril 2014) tenu sous la présidence de Zidan Bradosty : Arbèles antique – Histoire d’Erbil pré-islamique, Beyrouth 2020 (Presses de l’Ifpo): 199-205.
  42. "The Conquest by Alexander", in: B. Jacobs and R. Rollinger, A Companion to the Achaemenid Persian Empire, Chichester 2021 (Wiley-Blackwell), vol. I: 473-482.
  43. Review article: F. S. Naiden, Soldier, Priest, and God. A Life of Alexander the Great. New York: Oxford UP 2019, Gnomon 93 (2021): 619-627.
  44. "Founders of Western Pontic Cities", Annual of the British School at Athens 116 (2021): 359-375.