Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński

Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński (Polish: [taˈdɛ.uʐ ʑɛˈlij̃skʲi]; Russian: Фадде́й Фра́нцевич Зели́нский; September 14, 1859 – May 8, 1944) was a prominent Polish classical philologist, historian, translator of Sophocles, Euripides and other classical authors into Russian.

Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński
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Born(1859-09-14)September 14, 1859
DiedMay 8, 1944(1944-05-08) (aged 84)

He was author of works on the history of ancient Greek culture and religion, classical education, and popularization of classical studies (published largely in Russian and German).

He was professor at the University of St. Petersburg (1890–1922), and after Polish independence at Warsaw University for 17 years (1922–1939) during the interwar period. He was the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (1930), and twelve western European universities. Between 1933 and 1939 Zieliński was a member of the prestigious Polish Academy of Literature.[1]

Although Zieliński was active in many areas of classical scholarship, one of the studies for which he is best known in the west is his investigation of the prose rhythm of Cicero, published in 1904 and which is still often referred to today.[2] (See Clausula (rhetoric)).

His daughter became wife of Prof. Vladimir Beneshevich, executed by the Soviet regime in 1938. Adrian Piotrovsky, his natural son, was arrested by the NKVD in November 1937 and executed.[3]


  • Cicero im Wandel der Jahrhunderte. (Leipzig 1897, 2nd ed. 1908)
  • Das Clauselgesetz in Ciceros Reden. Grundzüge einer oratorischen Rhythmik (1904)
  • Der Constructive Rhythmus in Ciceros Reden. Der oratorischen Rhythmik zweiter Teil (1913)
  • Rzym i jego religia (1920, Polish) OCLC 119328185
  • Chrześcijaństwo starożytne a filozofia rzymska (1921, Polish)
  • Grecja. Budownictwo, plastyka, krajobraz (1923, Polish)
  • Literatura starożytnej Grecji epoki niepodległości (1923, Polish)
  • Rozwój moralności w świecie starożytnym od Homera do czasów Chrystusa (1927, Polish)
  • Filheleńskie poematy Byrona (1928, Polish)
  • Kleopatra (1929, Polish)
  • Zieliński, Tadeusz. "Homeric psychology" (PDF).
  • Zieliński, Tadeusz (1971) [1909]. Our debt to antiquity. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press. ISBN 978-0-8046-1205-0. LCCN 75113317. OCLC 109089.
  • Zielinski, Thaddeus (1970) [1926]. The Religion of Ancient Greece: An Outline [from original in Polish: Religya starożytnej Grecji]. Translation by Noyes, George Rapall. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press. ISBN 978-0-8369-5222-3. LCCN 76107838. OCLC 61443. OCLC-number for the translated edition: OCLC 753279017


  1. ^ "Polska Akademia Literatury". Encyklopedia Onet.pl, Grupa Onet.pl SA. 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  2. ^ Srebrny (1947 (2013)), p. 149.
  3. ^ Clark, Katerina (1995) Petersburg: Crucible of Cultural Revolution, Cambridge, MA: Harvard, pp. 291-2.

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