Pawel Nowakowski

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPawel Nowakowski is a historian and epigraphist, specialising in Greek epigraphy of the Roman and late antique periods. He graduated from the University of Warsaw (Poland) in 2010.

In 2015 he defended his doctoral thesis on the usage of inscriptions as an instrument of the cult of saints in late antique Anatolia, including a corpus of c. 250 inscriptions, which he is now preparing for publication. The thesis was written at the University of Warsaw (Poland), in the frame of a grant awarded by the Polish National Science Centre (2013-2015), which allowed him for short research stays at the libraries of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Munich (Germany) and of the Katholike Universiteit in Leuven (Belgium).

In 2011 he was a scholarship holder of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung at the Institute of History of the University of Cologne (Germany), where he participated in the project “The centre and periphery in the Roman Empire” and in 2013 he was awarded a yearly scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science for outstanding graduate students and post-doc researchers.

Within the framework of the Cult of Saints project, Pawel is gathering the Greek and Latin epigraphical evidence for the cult of saints from the whole of the Mediterranean. He is going to examine local customs regarding the production of inscriptions for the need of the cult of saints, the role of inscription as a mean of communication with a saint, and the influence of administrative divisions on these issues.

Most important publications:

Facets of the Cult of Saints in Asia Minor: the Epigraphic Patterns prior to the 7th c. AD (forthcoming) – a corpus of inscriptions attesting to the cult of saints in Anatolia, with a detailed commentary.

“Diffusion and functions of the cult of saints in Asia Minor up to the end of the 6th c. (the epigraphic evidence)” (forthcoming), [in:] Proceedings of the International Conference: Die Christianisierung Kleinasiens in der Spätantike. University of Cologne 18-22 March 2013, ed. W. Ameling (Asia Minor Studien, Westfälische Universität Münster: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GMBH Bonn).

“A note on the meaning of θεοδέγμων κῆπος in a Nonnian verse inscription from Aphrodisias”, Eos 102 (2015), 155-164.

“The so called Anatolian saints in Egypt. The Egyptian and Anatolian patterns of selective transmission of cult” (forthcoming), The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 44 (2014).

“A new fragment of the SYLA inscriptionfrom Cyrene”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 186 (2013), 212-222.

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