Our Mythical Childhood...

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

email: kamar@al.uw.edu.pl

Katarzyna Marciniak is a Classicist (MA 2000) and an Italian Philologist (MA 2003), a graduate from the Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISH 2003) at the University of Warsaw. Her PhD dissertation, defended summa cum laude at the Faculty for Polish Studies, University of Warsaw (2004), was supervised by Prof. Jerzy Axer and it regarded Cicero’s translations from Greek into Latin as a tool of ideological manipulation. The dissertation was awarded the Prime Minister of Poland’s Prize. She received a Habilitation (2009) on the basis of the monograph (2008) about the reception of Cicero’s poetry throughout the ages. 

Katarzyna Marciniak accomplished several research stays in Austria, Germany, and Italy, including a PhD-internship at the Università di Bologna with a scholarship from the Italian Government (2002) and a Post-Doc research stay at the Freie Universität in Berlin as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006–2007). In 2012 she was elected a member of the Polish Young Academy at the Polish Academy of Sciences (1st term). Since 2014 she has been the Ambassador Scientist of the Humboldt Foundation in Poland. She was awarded the grants from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Research Prize of the weekly “Polityka” (2012), and the Medal of the 200th Anniversary of the University of Warsaw (2016). She won international support for her research, such as a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives, and – for the first time in the Humanities in Poland – the ERC Consolidator Grant for the project Our Mythical Childhood. At the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” she is the Director of the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA) and the Vice-Dean for International Cooperation.

Katarzyna Marciniak is involved also in the popularization of Classical Antiquity. The Chapter at the Polish Language Council at the Polish Academy of Sciences granted her the Title of the Young Ambassador of Polish Language (2013). She also received the Klio Award 2nd Class for the Best Historical Book of the Year (2011, for her monograph on the reception of Classical Mythology). She translated into Polish the Latin monologues of Octavia in Pseudo-Seneca’s tragedy about Nero’s wife and the novel for youth The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane by the American-Canadian author Polly Horvath. She also writes poems for children, e.g., about the cats that surf on the Internet and the mosquitoes that dance the tango. Her poetic collection Alfabet wśród zwierząt [Alphabet among the Animals] received the Nomination in the competition “Book of the Year 2016” of the Polish Section of the IBBY (more information at: http://www.kamar.domeczek.pl/Litterae.html).

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Main projects on the reception of Classical Antiquity:

20162021 Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges (ERC Consolidator Grant), 

20142017 Chasing Mythical Beasts... The Reception of Creatures from Graeco-Roman Mythology in Children & Young Adult Culture as a Transformation Marker (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives), 

2012–2013 Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Children’s Literature between East and West (Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant).


Authored books:

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Mitologia grecka i rzymska. Bohaterowie ponad czasem [Greek and Roman Mythology. Meetings beyond the Time], Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 2018, 632 pp. (a new expanded edition of the book distinguished with the Klio Award). 

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Moja pierwsza mitologia. Księga druga [My First Mythology. Book Two], Wydawnictwo Nasza Księgarnia, Warszawa 2016 (audiobook Heraklion 2017), 280 pp.

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Moja pierwsza mitologia. Księga pierwsza [My First Mythology. Book One], Wydawnictwo Nasza Księgarnia, Warszawa 2013 (2nd ed. 2016, audiobook Heraklion 2017), 280 pp.

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Mitologia grecka i rzymska. Bohaterowie ponad czasem [Greek and Roman Mythology. Timeless Heroes], Wydawnictwo Szkolne PWN, Warszawa–Bielsko-Biała 2010, 480 pp. (Klio Book Award 2nd class).

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Cicero vortit barbare. Przekłady mówcy jako narzędzie manipulacji ideologicznej [Cicero vortit barbare. The Translations of the Orator as a Tool of Ideological Manipulation], słowo / obraz terytoria, Gdańsk 2008, 256 pp.

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Pro Cicerone poeta. Poezja Marka Tulliusza Cycerona na przestrzeni stuleci [Pro Cicerone poeta. Marcus Tullius Cicero’s Poetry throughout the Ages], Instytut Badań Interdyscyplinarnych Artes Liberales, Warszawa 2008, 428 pp.


Edited books:

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Katarzyna Marciniak (ed.), Our Mythical Childhood... The Classics and Literature for Children and Young Adults, in the series: “Metaforms. Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity”, Brill, Leiden–Boston 2016, 526 pp. (reviews: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017-06-47.html; http://eos.uni.wroc.pl/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/164_cens.lib_.całe_tekstyEOS-2017-2d.pdf).

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Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska (edd.), De amicitia. Transdisciplinary Studies in Friendship, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Warsaw 2016, 438 pp. (online: www.al.uw.edu.pl/amicitia).

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Katarzyna Marciniak (ed.), Antiquity and We, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Warsaw 2013, 311 pp. (online: www.al.uw.edu.pl/antiquity_and_we); Polish version: Antyk i my, Wydział “Artes Liberales” UW, Warszawa 2013, 294 pp. (online: www.al.uw.edu.pl/antyk_i_my).

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Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (edd.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity. A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Warsaw 2013, 444 pp. (online: www.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue).

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Katarzyna Marciniak (ed.), Birthday Beasts’ Book. Where Human Roads Cross Animal Trails. Cultural Studies in Honour of Jerzy Axer, Institut for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales” – Wydawnictwo “Wilczyska”, Warsaw 2011, 512 pp. (editorial team: Małgorzata Borowska, Jan Kieniewicz, Przemysław Kordos, Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, website: www.bbb.al.uw.edu.pl, review: http://annali.unife.it/lettere/article/view/611/534).