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Ph.D. Paweł Nowakowski


I am a historian and epigraphist of the late antique period. My research interests focus on the use of inscriptions as an instrument of the cult of saints and as evidence for the study of multilingualism in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. I completed my unified master’s degree in history at the Institute of History of the University of Warsaw in 2010. From 2010 to 2015 I was a doctoral candidate at the Department of Papyrology of the Institute of Archaeology (UW), where I defended my dissertation in 2015. At that time, I was the PI of the research project “Epigraphic patterns applied in the cult of saints in late antique/early Byzantine Asia Minor” funded by a “Preludium” grant of the National Science Centre, Poland, a scholarship holder of the “Start” programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, and a pre-doctoral fellow of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung at the University of Cologne. This funding allowed me for short research stays in Germany (at the University of Cologne, and at Das Deutsche Archäologische Institut in Munich), and in Belgium (at the libraries of KU Leuven). Between 2015 and 2018 I worked as a research associate (postdoc) at the University of Oxford, on the project “The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity” funded by an ERC-Advanced Grant, led by Bryan Ward-Perkins. Since 2018, I have been holding a lectureship in ancient history at the Department of Ancient History – first as an assistant, and since 2019 as an assistant professor.

Most important publications

Most important scholarly articles

  • P. Nowakowski, Fr. Trombley, ‘Appendix 4: Epigraphy [The Greek and Latin inscriptions from the villages of Beyözü/Avkat, Kozören, and Elmapınar (Pontus)], in: J. Haldon, H. Elton, J. Newhard (eds.), Archaeology and Urban Settlement in Late Roman and Byzantine Anatolia: Euchaita-Avkat-Beyözü and its Environment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 287-322.
    Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557757.015

  • ‘A new fragment of the “SYLA inscription” from Cyrene’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 186 (2013), 212-222. Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23850433


  • M. Adak, P. Nowakowski, ‘Neue mittel- und spätbyzantinische Inschriften aus Bithynien’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114/1 (2021), s. 1–34. Link: https://doi.org/10.1515/bz-2021-9002


  • P. Nowakowski, D. Wielgosz-Rondolino, ‘The rock inscriptions, graffiti and crosses from Quarry GO3C at Göktepe, Muğla District (Turkey)’, Anatolian Studies 71 (2021) [przyjęty do druku]. Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/anatolian-studies

Current scholarly projects