Karolina Barbara Frank

Karolina Frank's research interests lie at the intersection of the religious and social history of the ancient world, in particular Classical and Hellenistic Greece. In her PhD thesis, she investigates the interweaving of economic and social practices with the art of divination at the oracle of Dodona (Epirus) in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Her research explores the complex dynamic between the sanctuary and its supplicants, as well as the role of the oracle in shaping the everyday life of the individuals and communities consulting it.


Supervisor: Paola Ceccarelli and Julietta Steinhauer
Working title: 'The Oracle of Dodona: The socio-economic aspects of oracular consultation'
Expected completion date: 2020


  • 'Marrying a Goddess: An Insight into the Role of Goddesses in the Power-Struggle Motif of Old Comedy', Dominika Lewandowska et al. (eds). ΣΧΟΛΗ. Cupido dominandi. Żądza władzy - władza nad żądzą. Lust for Power - Power over Lust. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Sub Lupa, 2015.

Conference papers and presentations

  • 'Upadek czy powrót? Motyw „złotego wieku" w komedii staroattyckiej (The Fall or the Return? The "Golden Age" trope in Old Attic Comedy)', Ziemia Obiecana/The Promised Land, 11th Annual Student Conference in Classical Civilizations, University of Łódź, Poland, 2015
  • 'The Feminine, the Divine and the Struggle for Power: An insight into the role of goddesses in the power struggle motif of Old Comedy', Cupido dominandi, 10th Annual Student Conference in Classical Civilizations, University of Łódź, Poland, 2014
  • 'The Representation of Gods in Old Attic Comedy', 21st National Congress of History Students in Lublin, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, 2013

Conference organisation

Member of the committee organising the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History (AMPAH) 2018.

Grants and projects

Member of the CARGO/(im)materiality project and exhibit research team (University of Warsaw, Poland and the Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw, Poland), 2014-2016.