Dr Cezary Kucewicz


  • Position Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • Subject areas Classics
  • School Arts & Humanities
  • Personal website Cezary Kucewicz
  • Department Classics
  • Email ck445@cam.ac.uk

Cezary is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Gdańsk and the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge. His research, funded by National Science Centre in Poland, focuses on the social, cultural and military history of ancient Greece.


Cezary completed his doctoral research in History at University College London. His thesis concerned the social history of Archaic Athens and was supervised by Professor Hans van Wees. He also holds a BA in Ancient History and Social Anthropology (University College London) and MA in Ancient History (Cardiff University). In 2012, he was the laureate of the George Grote Prize in Ancient History, awarded by the Institute of Classical Studies, London. Cezary is currently conducting a 3-year postdoctoral research project entitled War and Warfare in the Ancient Greek Mythological Traditionfunded by the National Science Centre in Poland. His work includes frequent visits to the Fitzwilliam and British Museums and is based at the Faculty of Classics (supervised by Professor Robin Osborne) and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Gdańsk (Professor Nick Sekunda). He joined Wolfson College as Junior Research Fellow in April 2019.

When he is not reading Homer or looking at black-figure vases, he can be found at local basketball courts, representing Cambourne Raptors (Cambridge Basketball League) and Wolfson College (College League). He is also a member of Fisher House, the University’s Catholic Chaplaincy. Cezary is a native of Gdańsk, Poland – the birthplace of Solidarity – and he warmly recommends it for a visit!

Research Interests

Cezary’s current research focuses on the subject of war and warfare in the ancient Greek mythological tradition. The main objective of his project is to collect and catalogue any Greek myths depicting war, and to trace their development over time from the Archaic to Classical periods in Greece. His work moves across different academic disciplines, such as Classics, History, Archaeology and History of Art; it engages with a variety of sources, including literature (poetry, drama, political speeches, philosophy) and visual art (pottery, sculpture, monuments).  He is particularly interested in the reception of early Greek myths in later historical periods, investigating the mechanisms of story-telling, cultural discourse and transmission and their wider implications for the social and cultural history of ancient Greece. 

Cezary has published on the subject of ancient Greek military and social history in academic journals and is currently working on his first monograph. He has also disseminated his research to the general public, writing numerous articles for popular magazines (Ancient WarfareAntike Welt) and taking part in podcasts (The History Network). Although his primary research area concerns the history of ancient Greece, Cezary’s interests branch out to other subjects and periods, in particular Old Testament study and the history of Early Christianity. 

What's on

A picture of the Item and Food donate and take during Wolfson's Freshers Week 2021

Item&Food donate'n'take 2022

18/06/2022 at 09.00

A circular economy at Wolfson. A collaboration of the Wolfson Green Society, Student Association and Interdisciplinary Sustainability & Conservation Hub.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

25/06/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Judas Tree

Festival of Wellbeing: Wolfson's Tree Trail

27/06/2022 at 10.00

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.

Jane at Zoom Event

Wolfson College Foundation Day Celebration 2022

30/06/2022 at 09.30

Join us for our annual Celebration of the Foundation of Wolfson College

Graduands preparing for graduation ceremony

Graduation Ceremony - General Admission

02/07/2022 at 09.30

This is the main graduation ceremony at which most undergraduate students proceed to their first degree at the end of their final term.