Tomasz Polański

Tomasz Polański was born in Kraków, Poland in 1956. He studied Oriental and Classical Archaeology (MA, 1981) and Classical Philology (MA, 1989) at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków. In 1988-2008 he worked at the Institute of Classical Philology at the Jagiellonian University (adjunct, Head of the Department of Greek and Latin Language). In 1996 he submitted his doctoral dissertation (Oriental Art in Greek Imperial Literature, Trier 1998), and acquired the degree of Habilitated Doctor in 2004 (Ancient Greek Orientalist Painters, Kraków 2002). He also learnt ancient Semitic-African languages (Hebrew, Coptic, Syriac). He was granted scholarships from the Peggy D`Andrade Foundation in London (1985-1987), the George and Betty Guy Foundation (Florida, USA), the C. Subak Foundation at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (1991), the University of Salzburg (1991), the University of Bochum (1993), the Research Council of Norway at the University of Oslo (1996), De Brzezie Lanckoronski Foundation in London (1997), the Andrew Mellon Foundation at the William Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (1999/2000, 2006/7), the Pruszyński Foundation in Liechtenstein (2000). In 2008 he was granted a professorial post at the Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland (Head of the Department of Ancient History) and was elected an Academic Secretary of the Orientalist Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków (2011). In 2103 T. Polanski published his book: Christian Art in Oriental Literatures: Greek, Syriac and Coptic Sources from the 4th to the 7th Century, Grazer Beiträge (Supplementband XV), Wien-Horn.
In 2014 T. Polański was elected Chairman of the Orientalist Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków and Editor-in-Chief of Folia Orienlalia. In 2015 he was appointed to a senior professorship in the humanities.
Last modified: 12th January, 2016