St John's College Oxford
Dr Karolina Sekita

Dr Karolina Sekita

Junior Research Fellow in Classics


I received two Magister degrees from Warsaw University: in Classical Philology and in Polish Philology. Subsequently I did my DPhil at Oxford in Ancient History (St Anne's College). After completing my doctorate I was appointed Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics at Brasenose College, where I taught Greek literature and language, and some Greek history papers (Archaic and Classical). In 2017 I was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College, which is my current position. At present I also give lectures on Aristophanes’ Political Comedy and on Greek Religion for the Faculty of Classics, and co-teach the Faculty class on Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome.

Research Interests

My main research interests focus upon Greek religion of the Archaic and Classical periods. In particular I am interested in changes within Greek religious thought as well as in its interactions with other parts of the ancient world in these periods (at the moment mainly Italy and Sicily). Currently I am preparing my doctoral dissertation on the Figure of Hades/Plouton in Greek Beliefs of the Archaic and Classical Periods for publication in the Oxford Classical Monographs Series (OUP). The new project I am going to pursue during the JRF focuses on studying divine configurations and their interrelations, both with one another and with other deities, on the basis of narrative context, local traditions, iconography and cult environment. Its main aim is to introduce a new dimension to the analysis of the Greek gods and the Greek way of representing the divine, by emphasising the importance of collaborative relations between deities as well as demonstrating the resulting shifts in cultic character.