Maria Dzielska

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Maria Celina Dzielska
Maria Celina Dąbrowska

(1942-09-18)18 September 1942
Died30 July 2018(2018-07-30) (aged 75)
  • Philologist
  • Historian
  • Translator
  • Political activist
AwardsOrder of the White Eagle
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Łódź
Academic work
  • Jagiellonian University

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]

Select publications[edit]

  • 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:
  4. ^ Reviews of Hypatia of Alexandria:
  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