Grzegorz Ochała


Grzegorz Ochała
e-mail: g.ochala@uw.edu.pl

Office hours:
Thursday 15:00–16:30
Friday 13:00–14:30

Research interests:
Epigraphy, papyrology, ancient languages (Coptic, Greek, Old Nubian), history and culture of Egypt and Nubia between the 4th and 15th centuries, sociolinguistics.

My scholarly interests concentrate on the broadly understood literacy of Egypt and Nubia in Late Antiquity and Middle Ages, especially on epigraphic production. He pays particular attention to socio-cultural processes observable through the perspective of written sources.

The most important projects:
– since 2011: the on-line Database of Medieval Nubian Texts, gathering all manifestations of Nubian literacy dated to the Christian period;

– since 2012: epigraphist of the Polish-Sudanese archaeological mission in Ghazali (Wadi Abu Dom, Sudan), headed by Dr Artur Obłuski (PCMA UW);

– since 2016: member of the international research project “Edfu in the 7th century”, headed by Prof. Anne Boud’hors (CNRS-IRHT, Paris) and Prof. Alain Delattre (UL, Brussels), whose aim is to study and publish Coptic documents originating from the 7th-century archive of Papas, the pagarch of Apollinopilis Magna (today Edfu), stored in the archive of the Institut français d’archéologie oriental in Cairo;

– since 2016: member of the international research project “A cross-section in time: The church of the Holy Virgin in Deir al-Surian – an integrated analysis of the building, its paintings and inscriptions”, headed by Dr Dobrochna Zielińska (IA UW), financed by the National Science Centre of the Republic of Poland (programme “Harmonia”);

– since 2017: member of the international team, headed by Dr Vincent Laisney (PIB, Rome), working on the publication of wall inscriptions from the church at Sonqi Tino (northern Sudan).

Research grants:

2019–2021: IaM NUBIAN. Identity and Memory in Christian Nubia: A study on strategies of (self-)presentation and preservation of the past in medieval African society; podoctoral Fellowship in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions programme (Horizon 2020)

2016–2018: ‘What’s in a name?’ A Study on the Onomastics of Christian Nubia; National Science Centre, grant no. UMO-2015/17/D/HS3/00372

2012–2014: Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia: Liturgical Calendar and Kings’ List; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grant no. 0392/IP3/2011/71

BIBLIOGRAPHY

– monographs:

G. Ochała, Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 16], Warsaw 2011

– scientific articles:

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘A Christian king in Africa: The image of Christian Nubian rulers in internal and external sources’, [in:] Ph. M. Forness – A. Hasse-Ungeheuer – H. Leppin (eds.), The Good Christian Ruler in the First Millennium: Views from the Mediterranean World and Neighbouring Regions [= Millennium-Studien 92], Berlin – Boston 2021, pp. 361–379 (doi: 10.1515/9783110725612-017)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Language use and literacy in late antique and medieval Nubia’, [in:]  G. Emberling & B. Williams (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia, Oxford 2021, pp. 787–805

G. Ochała, ‘Nubica onomastica miscellanea V: Reedition of two Old Nubian lists of names from Qasr Ibrim’, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 50 (2020), pp. 233–261 (doi: 10.36389/uw.jjurp.50.2020.pp.233-261)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Nouveaux graffiti grecs et coptes du site de Deir al-Bahari’, [in:] A. Boud’hors, E. Garel, C. Louis, & N. Vanthieghem (eds.), Études coptes XVI. Dix-huitième journée d’études (Bruxelles, 22–24 juin 2017) [= Cahiers de la Bibliothèque copte 23], Paris 2020, pp. 161–169

G. Ochała, ‘Nubica onomastica miscellanea IV: Notes on and corrections to personal names found in Old Nubian documents from Qasr Ibrim’, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 49 (2019), pp. 143–251 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Nubica onomastica miscellanea I: Notes on and corrections to personal names found in inscriptions from Faras’, Études et travaux 32 (2019), pp. 181–198 (doi: 10.12775/EtudTrav.32.012)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Kimeliarches, ‘treasurer’: a so-far unidentified office in the Kingdom of Makuria (with notes on several other offices and titles)’, [in:] T. A. Bács – Á. Bollók – T. Vida (eds.), Across the Mediterranean – Along the Nile. Studies in Egyptology, Nubiology and Late Antiquity Dedicated to László Török on the Occasion of his 75th Birthday, Budapest 2018, pp. 557–573 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Nubica onomastica miscellanea III: Notes on and corrections to personal names found in Christian Nubian written sources’, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 48 (2018), pp. 141–184 (available online)

G. Ochała, ’13. Letter concerning a certain Anastasios the salt-dealer’, [in:] A. Boud’hors et alii, ‘Papyrus coptes et grecs de la jarre d’Edfou (suite)’, Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale 118 (2018), pp. 31–39 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Epigraphic research’, [in:] A. Obłuski et alii, ‘The winter seasons of 2013 and 2014 in the Ghazali monastery’, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 26/1: Research (2018), pp. 389–388, figs. 8–12 (doi: 10.5604/01.3001.0012.1795)

G. Ochała, ‘Nubica onomastica miscellanea II: Notes on and corrections to names found in inscriptions from Sakinya’, Bulletin de la Société de l’archéologie copte 56 (2017), pp. 127–138 (available online)

G. Ochała, ’20. Petition to a guard’, Journal of Coptic Studies: Coptica Barcinonensia 19 (2017), pp. 103–106, figs. 28–29 (doi: 10.2143/JCS.19.0.3271919)

G. Ochała, ‘Letter to Papas and an unidentified kurios concerning wool and clothes’, [in:] A. Boud’hors et alii, ‘Un nouveau départ pour les archives de Papas: Papyrus coptes et grecs de la jarre d’Edfou’, Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale 117 (2017), pp. 98–102, figs. 5–6 (available online)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Two private prayers in wall inscriptions in the Faras cathedral’, Études et travaux 30 (2017), pp. 303–314 (doi: 10.12775/EtudTrav/30.015)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘An unexpected guest in the church of Sonqi Tino’, Dotawo. A Journal of Nubian Studies 4 (2017), pp. 257–268 (doi: 10.5070/D64110003)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Ase: a personal name and/or a toponym’, Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 4 (2017), pp. 241–256 (doi: 10.5070/D64110048)

G. Ochała, ‘Epigraphic finds from the first season’, [in:] A. Obłuski et alii, ‘Ghazali 2012: Preliminary report’, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 24/1 (Research) (2016), pp. 431–442, at 439–440 (available online)

A. Obłuski & G. Ochała, ‘La rédecouverte d’un monastère nubien: premiers résultats des fouilles polonaises à Ghazali, Ouadi Abu Dom’, [in:] A. Boud’hors & C. Louis (eds.), Études coptes XIV, Seizième journée d’études (Genève, 19–21 juin 2013) [= Cahiers de la bibliothèque copte 21], Paris 2016, pp. 63–79 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘When epigraphy meets art history: On St Phoibammon from Abdallah-n Irqi’, [in:]  A. Łajtar, A. Obłuski, & I. Zych (eds.), Aegyptus et Nubia christiana. The Włodzimierz Godlewski Jubilee Volume on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday, Warsaw 2016, pp. 513–524 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Multilingualism of Christian Nubia: A case study of the monastery of Ghazali (Wadi Abu Dom, Sudan)’, [in:] T. Derda, A. Łajtar, & J. Urbanik (eds.), Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology, Warsaw, 29 July – 3 August 2013 [= The Journal of Jurisitic Papyrology Supplement 28], Warsaw 2016, pp. 1265–1283 (available online)

A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Two wall inscriptions from the Faras cathedral with lists of people and goods’, [in:] A. Łajtar, G. Ochała, & J. van der Vliet (eds.), Nubian Voices II: New Texts and Studies on Christian Nubian Culture [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 27], Warsaw 2015, pp. 73–102 (availabel online)

G. Ochała, ‘The Nubian liturgical calendar: The evidence of the Nubian lectionaries’, Le Muséon 128 (2015), pp. 1–48 (doi: 10.2143/MUS.128.1.3080615)

G. Ochała & G. Ruffini, ‘Nubische Berichtigungsliste (1)’, Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 2 (2015), pp. 291–303 (doi: 10.5070/D62110009)

K. C. Innemée, G. Ochała, & L. Van Rompay, ‘A memorial for Abbot Maqari of Deir al-Surian (Egypt): Wall paintings and inscriptions in the Church of the Virgin discovered in 2014’, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 18.1 (2015), pp. 147–190 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Multilingualism in Christian Nubia: Qalitative and quantitative approaches’, Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 1 (2014), pp. 1–50 (doi: 10.5070/D61110007)

G. Ochała, ‘Old Nubian lists of goods and money: A preliminary presentation’, [in:] J. R. Anderson & D. A. Welsby (eds.), The Fourth Cataract and Beyond. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference for Nubian Studies [= British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 1], Leuven 2014, pp. 971–976 (available online)

J. Hagen & G. Ochała, ‘Saints and Scriptures for Phaophi: Preliminary edition of and commentary on a typikon fragment from Qasr Ibrim’, [in:] D. Atanassova & T. Chronz (eds.), ⲥⲩⲛⲁⲝⲓⲥ ⲕⲁⲑⲟⲗⲓⲕⲏ. Beiträge zu Gottesdienst und Geschichte der fünf altkirchlichen Patriarchate für Heinzgerd Brakmann zum 70. Geburtstag [= orientalia – patristica – oecumenica 6], Münster et alii 2014, pp. 269–290 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘Kalendarz liturgiczny Kościoła nubijskiego w świetle zachowanych fragmentów nubijskich lekcjonarzy’, U schyłku starożytności – Studia źródłoznawcze 12 (2013), pp. 183–232 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘The date of the Dendur foundation inscription reconsidered’, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011), pp. 217–224 (available online)

G. Ochała, ‘A king of Makuria in Kordofan’, [in:] A. Łajtar, J. van der Vliet (eds), Nubian Voices: Studies in Christian Nubian Culture [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 15], Warsaw 2011, pp. 149–155 (available online)

G. Ochała & G. R. Ruffini, A Guide to the Texts of Medieval Nubia, published online in 2010 at www.medievalnubia.info

G. Ochała, List of Toponyms and Ethnonyms in Nubian Texts, published online in 2010 at www.medievalnubia.info

G. Ochała, List of Offices and Titles in Nubian Texts, published online at 2010 at www.medievalnubia.info

G. Ochała, ‘The Era of the Saracens in non-Arabic texts from Nubia’, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 39 (2009), pp. 133–160 (available online)

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