Free healthcare in CenterMed

Dear Students,
Due to numerous inquiries from UW students about the rules of using healthcare system within the health insurance, I would like to inform you that on the Faculty’s website in the “Student’s rights” you can find the information on this issue, as well as the telephone number of the medical help line at the CenterMed Warsaw academic clinics at the University of Warsaw. The materials are in Polish, so in case of any questions, please contact dr Elżbieta Jaskulska.

Courses on Latin epigraphy

Dear Students, we would like to invite you to the classes “Introduction to Latin epigraphy” which will be held by Dr Florian Matei-Popescu – a specialist on Latin and Greek epigraphy, an archaeologist and historian dealing with the history and archaeology of the Roman army, especially in the Balkans and the Black Sea region. Dr Matei-Popescu is an author of almost 100 publications and the co-editor of “The Journal of Epigraphic Studies” (Pisa & Roma), “Acta Musei Napocensis”, “Studies and Researches of Ancient History and Archaeology (Studii și Cercetări de Istorie Veche și Arheologie).

The online classes will be partly held from the museum where the inscribed stones are preserved in a special lapidarium – the open air exhibition. Good knowledge of Latin is not needed. During the course the students will be shown the type of epigraphic document and its material support and how to work with inscription in a field, how to read, translate and interpret the basic formulas on the standard inscriptions from the early Roman period.

The classes will be held within the University’s Integrated Development Programme (ZIP), co-funded by the European Social Fund within PO WER, Action 3.5.

Credits: Institute of Archaeology “V. Parvan”


Zajęcia z epigrafiki łacińskiej

Szanowni Studenci, zachęcam do udziału w zajęciach z epigrafiki łacińskiej na poziomie podstawowym i średniozaawansowanym: Introduction to Latin epigraphy (poziom podstawowy) oraz Latin epigraphy in English (poziom średniozaawansowany). Zajęcia na poziomie podstawowym nie wymagają zaawansowanej znajomości łaciny.

Zajęcia będzie prowadził dr Florian Matei-Popescu, specjalista w zakresie epigrafiki łacińskiej i greckiej, historyk, archeolog specjalizujący się w historii i archeologii Bałkanów oraz armii rzymskiej. Część zajęć będzie prowadzona na żywo z lapidarium Instytutu Archeologii w Bukareszcie.

Zajęcia oferowane są w ramach Zintegrowanego Programu Rozwoju Uczelni (ZIP), współfinansowanego przez Europejski Fundusz Społeczny w ramach PO WER, Działanie 3.5.

Credits: Instytut Archeologii “V. Parvan”

Make it visible! – series of online workshops for students

Dear Students,

Welcome Point and The Volunteer Centre of The University of Warsaw opens up application for the last places in the Make it visible! – series of online workshops on the topics such as promotion and communication, cross-cultural skills and video making. The grand finale of the project will be a preparation of an official video promoting extracurricular activities among the academic community.

When and where?

We will meet every two weeks on Wednesdays afternoons, starting from March up to May.

If you qualify for the workshops, we will send you a link to the meeting platform.

How to join the project?

There is a two-step application process:

Deadline: February 21, 2021 11:59pm (23:59, CET)

  • Secondly, we will invite chosen participants for the online interviews in order to get to know each other and present the details of the project.

In case of any questions please contact us via email:

Also if you would like to join but you’re busy on Wednesdays, please contact us and let us know when you are available.

More information:

Best regards,

Welcome Point & Volunteer Centre of the University of Warsaw

Marek Tycjan Olszewski

Marek T. Olszewski, Associate Professor
Marek T. Olszewski, Associate Professor


duty hours:
Wednesday 13.00-14.30

research interests: 1. Archeology of Hellenism (but also of classical Greece), Archeology of Rome and Roman Provinces, Early Christian Archeology; Archeology of Late Antiquity (III-VII century); 1.1. I am interested in geographic areas covering the Hellenistic Monarchies, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire as a whole; 1.2. I am particularly interested in monuments of visual arts: ancient mosaics, but also Hellenistic and Roman paintings, and monuments of funerary art in the context of the architecture of private constructions of the Hellenistic and Roman elites (houses, villas, seaside villas, tombs). I treat the artifacts of visual arts as a pretext for a broader understanding of the historical, social, economic, cultural and religious issues of Hellenistic, Roman and late antique societies; 1.3. I use several methods in my researches: interdisciplinary research method, microhistory, and the cognitive method.

bibliography and C.V.:

PDF’ textes of publications:

1. Discovery of the exact date of the foundation of Pella / Apamea in Syria, one of the largest and most important urban centers in the Hellenistic and Roman period. Discovery and description of the hitherto unknown historical context of the circumstances of the foundation of Pella / Apamea in the early autumn of 320 BCE See author’s articles in French, English and Italian: ; ; ; see articles in the Polish media: ;,78036 ; ; see articles in the English media: ; ; ; ; see articles in the Greek media:

2. Identification of the unknown and first portraits of Alexander the Great’s successors: Antipater, Cassander, but also Apama and Archippos; see author’s articles in French, English and Italian: ; ; .

3. Identification of the oldest water wheel, so-called norii, in Roman iconography; the mosaic is from the first half of the 4th century AD; see author’s article in French: ; see articles in the Polish media:,84916,polski-badacz-odkryl-wczesne-przedstawienie-mozaikowe-rzymskiego-kola ; ; ; in English: ; in the Turkish media: ; .

4. Discovery of an important historical fact that the founder of Pella / Apamea was not a legendary figure, as previously thought, but a historical figure, namely the former archon eponymus of Athens – Archippus, who held his office from 321 to 320 BC; see the conference announcement from Vienna of the author’s article in English:

5. Discovery and explanation of the narrative and complex iconological program of five mythological and allegorical tales in the House of Aion in Cyprus. The mosaic is an anti-Christian polemic and for this purpose it uses numerous rhetorical figures. Most likely it adorned one of the rooms rented by the Neoplatonic society; see author’s articles in English: in French: ; see articles in the Polish media: ;,83915 ; ; in English: ; ; ; in the French media: ; in Italian: ; in the German media: .

6. Discovery of eight unknown sundials on Roman mosaics. These new identifications contributed to the completion of the catalog of sundial representations on mosaics to fifteen, as only seven were known previously; see author’s article in French:; see articles in the Polish media:,79854 ; ; in English: : ; ; .

Novae – sculptural and epigraphic landscape of the central part of the legionary fortress

Principal investigators: prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Sarnowski†, dr hab. Agnieszka Tomas
Name of the site:
Partner institutions:
Faculty of Archaeology University of Warsaw and the National Institute of Archaeology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with the Museum
Type of the site:
Roman legionary camp (castra legionis), civil settlement (canabae legionis) and late Roman town.

Chronology: 1st-6th century AD

Komputerowa rekonstrukcja części zabudowy rzymskiego obozu, autor: J. Kaniszewski
Komputerowa rekonstrukcja części zabudowy rzymskiego obozu, autor: J. Kaniszewski

The large project “Novae – the heart of the legion. Socialization and exhibition of the Roman military camp and late Antique town of Novae” (situated on the lower Danube in modern northern Bulgaria), co-financed by the European Commission within the Operational Programme Regional Development, was proceeded in 2012-2013 by engineering earth and construction works accompanied by a small rescue excavation campaign in the central part of the legionary fortress, on the site of the headquarters building (principia) of the 1st Italic legion, stationed at Novae from about AD 72 to the first half of the 5th century AD. During these works and excavations of 2013 there were found more than twenty statue bases with Greek and Latin inscriptions dated to the 2nd to 5th century AD and some Latin building inscriptions. At our disposal there are at the moment also about thirty other inscribed stones, mostly published, and more than one hundred, published and unpublished fragmentary statue bronzes.

The main objective of this project is to complete documentation of newly discovered inscriptions, to improve the documentation of older finds according to current standards and to prepare their publication. It has to provide maximum information about the palaeography of inscriptions and dedication formulae, time, place, circumstances, reasons of setting up statues of gods and emperors, and sometimes even financing the monument, altars, building or its dependencies, most probable material used to create statues, their size, types of sculptural representation and in some cases even the statue’s physical appearance, names, origin, social status and rank of the dedicators, place and role of the represented deity in the camp religion and in religious cults practiced in the province of Lower Moesia and in the whole lower Danubian region.

Project title/financial support:  “In medio castrorum. Sculptural and epigraphic landscape of the central part of the legionary fortress at Novae”, NCN, OPUS 11, nr UMO-2016/21/B/HS3/00030, planned period of realization 02.02.2017 – 01.02.2021.


  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, Novae und die legio I Italica unter Trajan und Hadrian, Archeologia 67, 2018, 57-71
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, Statio publici portorii in Novae (Niedermoesien) und eine neue Statuenbasis aus dem Stabsgebäude der 1. Italischen Legion, Studia Europaea Gnesnensia 16, 2017, 77-86 (DOI 10.14746/seg.2017.16.5)
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, Building the Early Christian Episcopal Complex with Inscribed Stones from the Roman Legionary Headquarters, Sacrum et profanum, Novae. Studies and Materials, vol. VI, Poznań 2018, 77-86
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, Komendantura rzymskiego legionu w Novae. Od odsłoniętych ruin do pełnowymiarowej wizualizacji w terenie, in: Donum Cordis. Księga poświęcona pamięci Jerzego Kolendo, J. Jakubiak (ed.), Warszawa, 2019, 335–345 (org/10.31338/uw.9788323538554.pp.335-345)
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, In medio castrorum legionis I Italicae at Novae. Preserved Remains, 3D Virtual Modelling and Full-size Visualisation on the Original Site, in: Limes XXIII. Roman Frontier Studies, Mainz 2018, 350-359
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, udział w Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej XIII. Limes Congress 2015 – Germany, 12th-23rd September 2015. Tytuł wystąpienia: Das Stabsgebäude des Legionslagers Novae. Baubestand virtuelle Idealrekonstruktion und Nachbau in Originallage.
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski, udział w Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej „Roman Empire: A 21st Century Perspective… In Memoriam Geza Alföldy (1935-2011), 8-10.11.2016, Gniezno. Tytuł wystąpienia: Neues aus Novae in Niedermoesien zum illyrischen Zollbezirk.
  • Adam Łajtar, udział Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej „3rd Conference on the Roman Danubian Provinces. Society and Economy, 10-15th November 2017, Wien”. Tytuł wystąpienia: New Inscriptions from Novae Referring to the Institution of pastus militum.

Other research project realised in Novae by the Faculty (former Institute) of Archaeology University of Warsaw:

Novae 2016-2021. Extramural settlement near the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) and its fate in Late Antiquity (A. Tomas)

Novae 2012-2015. Research on settlement structures near the Roman legionary camp at Novae (Lower Moesia) using non-destructive prospection methods (A. Tomas, completed)

Novae 2009-2011. The headquarters building and the fortifications (T. Sarnowski, completed)

New optional class (3rd year BA)

There is a new course in optional classes available in the summer semester: ‘Introduction to Archaeobotany’ given by dr hab. Aldona Mueller-Bieniek. The course will be taking place on-line, every Tuesday, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. The registration is open, the details of the course you can find in USOS. The additional information on the lecturer is available here:,,,, You are very welcome to register for the course. The summer semester schedule has been updated accordingly.