Prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Ilski
Prof. dr hab. Adam Łajtar, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Narecki, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski
Dr hab. Jakub Pigoń, prof. UWr, Uniwersytet Wrocławski
Prof. dr hab. Jan Zabłocki, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego
Dr hab. Katarzyna Jażdżewska, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego
Secretary (and website administrator):
Dr Katarzyna Pietruczuk
MEANDER - a classical journal annually published by the Committee
COMMITTEE ON ANCIENT CULTURE OF THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES:
A HISTORICAL SKETCH
The Committee on Ancient Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences was created in 1952 as one of the eleven scientific committees within the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. The first members of the Committee included Bronisław Biliński, Ryszard Gansiniec, Adam Krokiewicz, Iza Małowist-Bieżuńska, Kazimierz Michałowski, Tadeusz Sinko, Stefan Srebrny, Władysław Strzelecki, Wiktor Steffen and Rafał Taubenschlag. Kazimierz Kumaniecki was named the first Head of the Committee.
In 1960, as a result of restructuring, the Committee on Ancient Culture was merged with the Committee of Oriental Studies and the Committee of Modern Languages and Literatures (Neophilology). This was a short-lived change, and in 1962, the three committees regained their separate existence.
Kazimierz Kumaniecki served as the head of the Committee for the first twenty-five years. After his death in June of 1977, his duties were passed on to his deputy, Józef Wolski. In the years that followed, the Committee was headed by Jan Wikarjak (1978-1983), Jerzy Łanowski (1984-1989), Anna Sadurska (1990-1995), Witold Wołodkiewicz (1996-2002), Jerzy Danielewicz (2003-2011), and Krystyna Bartol (2011-2019).
Within the Committee, there are four sections: Byzantine Studies (created in 1963 and reactivated in 1980), Neo-Latin Studies and the Reception of Ancient Culture (existing since 1982), Ancient Law (since 1982), and Archeology (since 2011).
The Committee’s main form of activity has always been monthly lectures, which aim to bring together scholars representing all fields of ancient studies. The Committee also has maintained a library exchange with institutions abroad and has represented Polish researchers in international societies. In particular, close collaboration has been formed with the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines, and members of the Committee regularly take part in the conferences on Byzantium organized by the society every five years. The Committee itself also organizes numerous conferences, both research- and teaching-oriented, such as “Recent Trends and Methods in the Study of Ancient Culture” (1976), “Virgil and his Reception in Polish Culture” (1983), and “Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory and Practice” (2014).
In the past, the Committee’s tasks have included, among others, assessment of programs of studies at the university level (such as Classical philology and Mediterranean archaeology), reviewing the activity of the Polish Philological Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Filologiczne), and assessment of research carried out in Poland in the field of ancient studies. The Committee has also published several book series, including “Archiwum Filologiczne”, “Bibliotheca Latina Medii et Recentioris Aevi”, “Auctorum Graecorum et Latinorum Opuscula Selecta”, and “Biblioteka Przekładów z Literatury Antycznej”, and issues a journal on the ancient world, titled “Meander”.