Crime and Punishment in Antiquity 

Wrocław, Poland, 17-19th June 2015


Scientific committee: 

prof. Gary Beckman (University of Michigan) 

prof. Petr Charvát (West Bohemian University Plzen) 

prof. Jakub Pigoń (University of Wrocław) 

prof. Ewa Skwara (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan) 

prof. Petr Zemánek (Charles University Prague)



Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland 

Institute of Near Eastern Studies, West-Bohemian University in Plzen, Czech Republic 

Institute of Comparative Linguistics, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 

Confucius Institute at the University of Wrocław, Poland


 Since the dawn of time different crimes have occurred within the human societies, and as their consequence various ideas and ways of punishment have developed. It may look naturally, that if a crime happens, a punishment must follow. However, similar behaviours didn't have to be understood as illegal or of an analogous gravity in different societies, and also a respective form of punishment could differ among ancient cultures and societies. It is commonly believed that purely punitive vengeance, as in the case of talion, and compensation, either for an aggrieved or for the society/state, should be recognized as the primeval aims of punishment. While the penology has constantly developed together with the jurisprudence, crimes have not changed significantly in their nature in the course of history. What has been changing though was a cultural, social and legal approach to harmful behaviours. How did the ancients perceive these acts and their authors? What determined classifying an act as a crime? What were the means of limiting the range of crimes in ancient societies? What sorts of punishment did the ancient use? What was an approach of the ancients to different kinds of punishment? How sorts of punishment reflected social or cultural tendencies?


 The most important topics of the conference should be as follows: 

Crime and punishment as elements of social and cultural life 

Political and legal aspects of crime and punishment in ancient society 

Social and cultural role of punishment 

Ancient criminal law and jurisprudence 

Crime and punishment in ancient literature and art 

Linguistic representations of legally forbidden behaviours 

Customs and taboos related to crimes and punishment 

Material remains of criminal trials or places and kinds of punishment


This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide geographical and chronological sweep. We warmly invite all scholars whose subject of study concerns ancient Greece and Rome as well as ancient Near and Far East – linguists, historians, archaeologists, lawyers, sociologists and anthropologists. 

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies and Confucius Institute, University of Wrocław, Poland on June 17th – 19th, 2015. The language of the conference is English. 

Proposals are now invited for individual papers or posters. Proposals of no longer than 300 words (in English) can be submitted by 15th January 2015 to the conference e-mail: 

Proposals will be accepted after revision by the scientific committee by 28th February 2015. The final programme of the conference will be released by 31st March 2015.  

The conference fee should be paid until 15th March 2015.


Additional information: 

Every speech should last no more than 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes discussion. In case of too many applications, selection will be made by the scientific committee of the conference. As an alternative to presenting a paper, posters can be used. 

The registration fee is € 100. 

Discounted fee for doctoral students is € 80 and for accompanying persons € 50. 

Fees should be paid by the bank transfer to the following account:

IBAN: PL 80 1090 2398 0000 0001 2002 5457

Address and additional information for payment:
Uniwersytet Wroclawski
Plac Uniwersytecki 1
50-137 Wrocław
“Crime and punishment” 

Conference fee does not include accommodation nor the reimbursement of the travel costs. Participants, who would like to receive an invoice, should make a remark in the registration e-mail, giving the necessary billing details. 

 Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the organizers, sending your e-mail to the conference address:



Family and Family Relationships in Antiquity

2nd International Conference in Ancient Mediterranean and Oriental Languages and


Wrocław, Poland, 11-13th June 2014


Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław

Confucius Institute in the University of Wrocław, Poland

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies and Confucius Insitute, University of Wrocław, Poland on June 11th – 13th, 2014.

The language of the conference is English.


Program konferencji:


09.00 – 09.30 – Opening ceremony 

09.30 – 11.00 First Session. Chair: Gościwit Malinowski

Yongliang Shang, Chengdan Wang

Yijiu’s (宜臼) Abandonment. A Family-State Pattern in Antiquity China and its Adoption in Classical Chinese Literature

Hanzhen Liu

The Romanticism of Family, State and Universal

Alice Yu Cheng

Family Relation and Its Impact on the Political Landscape in the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046—771 B.C.) of ancient China

11.30 – 12.30 Second Session. Chair: Wang Chengdan

Teresa Miążek

Emotional states and relations between them as leading to the aesthetical tastes of literature in ancient India. The Rasa theory from Nātyaśāstra and its applications.

Mateusz Kłagisz            

Incestuous Marriage in Ancient Iran

14.00 – 15.30 Third Session. Chair: Petr Charvát

Daniele Umberto Lampasona

Reconstructing Ur III family ties through letter-orders

Stefan Nowicki

Legitimization of kingship and power through family relations in Ancient Mesopotamia

Simeon Chavel

The Biblical Idea of Intergenerational Punishment in Sociological and Historical Perspective

16.00 – 17.00 Fourth Session. Chair: Simeon Chavel

Leire Olabarria

Relatively speaking: display and kin group development

in Middle Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1900–1700 BCE)

Paulina Nicko

Communication of the deceased with living members of families in ancient Mesopotamia


09.00 – 10.00 Fifth session. Chair: Stefan Nowicki

Daniel Justel

Children inside the Family in Late Bronze Age Mesopotamia and Syria

Paweł Nowakowski

Family Votive Strategies in Late Antique Asia Minor


10.30 – 12.00 Sixth session. Chair: Joanna Janik

Hugh Thomas                

“Greetings to you also, dearest husband”. The Dexiosis and Family: Interpreting Familial Relationships on Classical Attic Tombstones

Brenda Griffith-Williams                                                                          

‘No-one is adopted out of his mother’s family’: inheritance through a female line in classical AthensKaterina Mandalaki                     

Care of the Elderly in Greek Antiquity

13.30 – 15.00 Seventh session. Chair: Brenda Griffith-Williams

Joanna Janik

Problematic Heritage –The Cases of Alcibiades the Younger and the Son of Eucrates

Roksana Chowaniec

Small finds as a reflection of everyday life of family. Case study: Hellenistic-Roman Akrai, Sicily

15.30 – 17.00 Eigth session. Chair: Hugh Thomas

Dominika Grzesik

How to become a hero? A case study of the most prominent family in Delphi.

Gilles Andrianne

«Eurytos and his Progeny: an Archer Family in Greek Archaic Culture»

Magdalena Myszkowska-Kaszuba

Defining Mothers of Sparta. The Literary Portrait of a Spartan Mother





09.00 – 10.00 Ninth session. Chair: Roksana Chowaniec

Dobromiła Nowicka

Family Relations in Cases concerning Iniuria

Joanna Pieczonka

Family Life in the Atellan Farce – Few Remarks on the Influence of Fabula Palliata on Atellana

10.30 – 12.00 Tenth session. Chair: Joanna Pieczonka

Aura Piccioni

Domestic cults and family religion in archaic Italy

Paulina Komar

Wine, women and honor killings – family relations in archaic Rome

Maciej Marciniak

Roman field trophy – a short family tradition?

12.30 – 13.30 Eleventh session. Chair: Małgorzata Zadka

Maciej H. Dąbrowski

Familia isiaca and the Ptolemaic royal family

Tomasz Dziurdzik

Emperor’s Kinsmen: Family Ties as a Role-Model for Relations Between Roman Emperors and Soldiers in Official Propaganda, Social Order and Religious Ceremonies

13.30 – 13.45 Closing Ceremony



“A man doth not live by bread only”

 Food, Kitchen and Cuisine in Antiquity.

 Wrocław, Poland, 13-15th June 2013




Scientific committee:

* prof. Petr Charvat (West Bohemian University Plzen)

*prof. Karel van Lerberghe (Catholic University Leuven).

*prof. Gościwit Malinowski (University of Wrocław)

*prof. Jakub Pigoń (University of Wrocław)



Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław. 

Confucius Institute in the University of Wrocław, Poland


Food is essential for live. But one must admit, that from the beginning of human civilization the cuisine was invented and developed to make food also essential for the good mood as well as for the standard of living. Concerning this obviousness some questions could be asked: Where should we look for the beginning of cuisine? How people developed their food and dishes? What and why was found as the particular delicacy? What spices were used and was there another purpose of it apart from the taste? How were the similarities and differences between the food of different nations? Are there any loan-dishes among the ancient civilizations?


The most important topics of the conference should be as follows:


  • The food as the element of social and cultural life
  • Holy and tabooed food,  and food offerings
  • Food, kitchen and cuisine in the ancient literature
  • Food, kitchen and cuisine in the historical and archaeological analysis
  • Habits and customs related to food, cuisine and eating
  • Kitchenware and kitchen equipment in antiquity
  • Techniques of food processing
  • The names of the foodstuff, kitchenware, kitchen equipment and activities related to food and eating in the light of linguistics and anthropolinguistics


This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide geographical and chronological sweep. We warmly invite all scholars whose subject of study is the ancient Greece and Rome as well as the ancient Near and Far East. 

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies and Confucius Insitute, University of Wrocław, Poland on June 13th-15th, 2013. The language of the conference is English.





Konferencja dla dyrektorów szkół 13.05.2011r.


13 maja 2011 roku w budynku C Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii odbyła się konferencja dla Dyrektorów szkół dotycząca tworzenia klas konfucjańskich.


Podczas konferencji mielismy przyjemność gościć Rektora ds nauczania prof. Ryszarda Cacha, dyrektorów wrocławskich placówek dydaktycznych oraz przedstawicieli z Wydziału Edukacji.



Konferencja dla dyrektorów szkół 26.10.2010r.

W dniu 26 października 2010 roku w budynku D Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii od godz. 10.00 do 14.00 miała miejsce konferencja dla dyrektorów szkół dotycząca metodyki i dydaktyki nauczania języka chińskiego w szkołach. Współorganizatorem konferencji była pani Małgorzata Lech- Krawczyk założycielka Niepublicznej Szkoły Podstawowej Leonardo da Vinci i Autorskiego Przedszkola Król Maciuś, konferencja odbyła się pod patronatem JM Rektora Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego prof. dr hab. Marka Bojarskiego i Wydziału Edukacji Urzędu Miejskiego miasta Wrocławia.

Mowę rozpoczynającą konferencję wygłosił Prorektor ds. Badań i współpracy z zagranicą prof. dr hab. Adam Jezierski. Następnie głos zabrali: Dyrektor Instytutu Konfucjusza dr Stefan Nowicki, prof. Lilong Zhang dyrektor Instytutu ze strony chińskiej, pani Małgorzata Lech – Krawczyk, pani Irmina Sochacka – nauczycielka języka chińskiego w przedszkolu Król Maciuś, pan Krzysztof Skwark z AkademiiBaguazhang. Końcowe wystąpienia należały do lektorów z wrocławskiego Instytutu Konfucjusza pana Xianga Lianga oraz pana Su Zhe, zaprezentowali oni pokazowe lekcje języka chińskiego oraz lekcję kaligrafii.


Wszystkie wystąpienia tłumaczone były na język chiński przez Panią Irminę Sochacką.


Na konferencji obecnych było 30 dyrektorów szkół wrocławskich, którzy po zakończeniu konferencji wyrazili chęć współpracy z Instytutem Konfucjusza.



Serica - Da Qin: Over 2000 years of Sino-Western relations


The international conference to be held at University of Wrocław

21-23 October 2009

Organised by the
Institute of Classics, University of Wrocław
Confucius Institute at the University of Wrocław
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch
This interdisciplinary conference invites abstracts for papers examining:
1. Before History:
- early Sino-Western cultural contact and exchange in the Second and First Millennium BC.
2. Antiquity:
- Greek and Latin accounts of China and Far East (Serica);
- ancient China knowledge of the Western countries (Da Qin);
- history of Sino-Roman relations.
3. The Silk Road:
- the land and sea routes of the Silk Road;
- cultural exchanges on the Silk Road;
- Chinese artefacts in the West and Western artefacts in China;
- Eurasian nomads as transmitters;
- Chinese and Western influence on the civilisations along the Silk Road.
4. Knowledge of China in Medieval and Early Modern Europe:
- Mongol era;
- Europe reaching China by sea;
- Latin and other European accounts of Medieval and Early Modern China.
5. Knowledge of Europe in Medieval and Early Modern China:
- attitudes towards Europeans in China;
- accounts of Western countries in Medieval and Early Modern China.
6. Chinese thought in the West and Western thought in China:
- Confucius and Confucianism in Early Modern Europe;
- attitudes towards Chinese civilisation in Early Modern Europe;
- influence of the Western philosophy on Chinese thought;
Our aim is to create a focus for international and interdisciplinary scholarship, by bringing together scholars from across the world and from across the full range of academic disciplines whose research interests intersect at this Sino-Western nexus, including  disciplines such as classical studies, Sinology, other Oriental studies, medieval and early modern literature, archaeology, history, art history, anthropology, philosophy and theology.

There will be three plenary sessions for lectures, which should last no longer than 30 minutes, and parallel sessions for communications (no longer than 20 minutes). We hope to publish a substantial proportion of them. Lectures and communications in English are preferred, but they may be delivered in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Title of lectures or communications and a brief outline should be sent on the form provided by 30 June 2009:


W dniach 18-20 X 2009 Instytut Konfucjusza w Leuven gościł przedstawicieli wszystkich europejskich Instytutów Konfucjusza w ramach konferencji "Connecting and Developing". 

Uniwersytet Wrocławski Xiamen University Hanban Institute


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