Maria Dzielska

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Maria Celina Dzielska (née Dąbrowska, September 18, 1942 – July 30, 2018) was a Polish classical philologist, historian, translator, biographer of Hypatia, and political activist. She was a Professor of Ancient Roman History at Jagiellonian University.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Dzielska was born in Krakow. She has degrees in history from the Jagiellonian University and in classical philology from the University of Łódź, completing her Ph.D. in 1972 and her habilitation in 1984. She was promoted to full professor at Jagiellonian University in 1996.[1]


Dzielska married Mirosław Dzielski, a leader of the 1980s anti-communist movement in Poland, and campaigned against communism with him.[1]


Dzielska became a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Learning.[1] At her death, she was given a state funeral at which Polish president Andrzej Duda gave her the Order of the White Eagle.[2]


Dzielska's books include

  • Apollonius of Tyana in Legend and History (translated into English by Piotr Pieńkowski; Rome: l'Erma di Bretschneider, 1986)[3]
  • Hypatia of Alexandria (translated into English by F. Lyra; Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1995)[4]
  • Divine Men and Women in the History and Society of Late Hellenism (edited with Kamilla Twardowska, Jagiellonian University Press, 2013)[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Zmarła tragicznie prof. Maria Dzielska [Tragic death of Prof. Maria Dzielska] (in Polish), Fronda, July 30, 2018
  2. ^ Kraków: prof. Maria Dzielska spoczęła na Cmentarzu Salwatorskim [Krakow: Prof. Maria Dzielska was buried in the Salwator Cemetery],, August 6, 2018
  3. ^ Reviews of Apollonius of Tyana in Legend and History:
    • Salmeri, G. (January 1988), "Review", Athenaeum, 66: 643
    • Bowie, E. L. (1989), The Journal of Roman Studies, 79: 252–254, doi:10.2307/301258
  4. ^ Reviews of Hypatia of Alexandria:
    • Knorr, Wilbur R. (May 1995), "A Legendary Thinker", Science, 268 (5211): 744, JSTOR 2886408
    • Sivan, Hagith S. (1995), "Review", Bryn Mawr Classical Review: 95.07.07
    • Waithe, Mary Ellen (Fall 1995), Hypatia, 10 (4): 161–168, JSTOR 3810213
    • Hawley, Richard (1996), The Classical Review, 46 (1): 119–120, JSTOR 710836
    • Deakin, Michael A. B. (January 1996), The American Mathematical Monthly, 103 (1): 83–87, doi:10.2307/2975226
    • Toomer, G. J. (May 1996), Journal for the History of Astronomy, 27 (2): 174–176, doi:10.1177/002182869602700206
    • MacIntosh, J. J. (September 1996), Isis, 87 (3): 534–535, JSTOR 236001
    • Jackson, Leonora (1997), "Review", Scholia: Studies in Classical Antiquity, 6: 151–153
    • Murphy, P. (January 1997), "Review", Ancient History Resources for Teachers, 27 (2): 174
    • Streete, Gail Corrington (March–April 1998), The Classical World, 91 (4): 301–302, doi:10.2307/4352086
    • Hadot, Ilsetraut (2000), "Review", Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity, 4 (2): 379–380
    • Menor, Mónica (March 2005), "Hipatia de Alejandría: Cuando la historia corrige la leyenda", Revista de libros de la Fundación Caja Madrid, 99: 34, JSTOR 30230492
    • Clement, Meredith; Lea, Jeremy; Pham, Lisa; Smith, Brandon; Smith, Devin; Wagner, Nancy; Simmons, Charlotte; Barthell, John (April 2009), "Re-righting the History of Women in Science", Math Horizons, 16 (4): 26–27, JSTOR 25678817
    • Gray, Mary W. (August 2014), The Mathematical Intelligencer, 36 (4): 106–110, doi:10.1007/s00283-014-9470-4
  5. ^ Reviews of Divine Men and Women in the History and Society of Late Hellenism:
    • Lateiner, Donald (2015), "Review" (PDF), The Classical Journal, 15.03.07
    • Krulak, Todd C. (2015), "Review", Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2015.10.10

Further reading[edit]

  • Stanisław, Turlej; Kamilla, Twardowska; Maciej, Salamon; Sławomir, Sprawski; Michał, Stachura (2014), Within the circle of ancient ideas and virtues: Studies in honour of professor Maria Dzielska, Historia Iagellonica, Kraków: Towarzystwo Wydawnicze, ISBN 978-83-62261-87-1