Maciej Popko

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Maciej Popko (born December 3, 1936 in Częstochowa , † November 22, 2014 in Warsaw ) was a Polish Hittite scientist and a leading Polish mountaineer in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a professor at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw , specializing in the Hittite religion and language .

He originally studied at the Technical University of Łódź , took an interest in the humanities due to the contacts he had as a mountaineer and moved to the University of Warsaw in 1958. He graduated in 1963 and has worked at Warsaw University since then. In 1968 he received his doctorate with a grammar in the Hittite language. In 1978 he completed his habilitation with a thesis on Hittite religion. In 1987 he became a professor at the Oriental Faculty of the University of Warsaw.

Maciej Popko mainly climbed mountains in Asia Minor as well as in the Pamir and Hindu Kush. He is the editor of one of the most famous Polish climbing books entitled "Alpinizm" (1971 and 1974).


  • Turcja. Wiedza Powszechna, Warsaw 1971.
  • Mitologia hetyckiej Anatolii. Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, Warsaw 1976.
  • Religie starożytnej Anatolii. Iskry, Warsaw 1980, ISBN 83-207-0096-5 .
  • Magia i wróżbiarstwo u Hetytów. Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, Warsaw 1982, ISBN 83-06-00730-1 .
  • Wierzenia ludów starożytnej Azji Mniejszej. Młodzieżowa Agencja Wydawnicza, Warsaw 1989, ISBN 83-203-2972-6 .
  • Zippalanda. A cult center in the Hittite Asia Minor (= texts of the Hittites. 21). University Press C. Winter, Heidelberg 1994, ISBN 3-8253-0129-X .
  • Religions of Asia Minor. Dialog, Warsaw 1995, ISBN 83-86483-18-0 .
  • Ludy i języki starożytnej Anatolii. Dialog, Warsaw 1999, ISBN 83-88238-01-09 .
  • Arinna. A holy city of the Hittites (= studies on the Boǧazköy texts . 50). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-447-05867-4 .


  • Piotr Taracha (Ed.): Silva Anatolica. Anatolian Studies Presented to Maciej Popko on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Agade, Warsaw 2002, ISBN 83-87111-12-0 , pp. 143-146.

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