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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Paweł Janiszewski

is a historian at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw. He sometimes studies the Roman Empire, and is particularly interested in its religious phenomena, systems of philosophy, and culture.

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When You Rise, the World Lives

When You Rise, the World Lives
The Cult of the Aten

Magazine / culture
In the 14th century BCE, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton implemented a drastic religious revolution by introducing worship of a god represented by the sun’s disc. Paweł Janiszewski
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Pure, Invincible, Magical

Pure, Invincible, Magical
Ancient Tales of the Sun

Magazine / culture
The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun. Paweł Janiszewski
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Crystal Fortune-Telling

Crystal Fortune-Telling
The Mystical Allure of Quartz

Magazine / society
The mineral commonly known as mountain crystal (or quartz) has captured the imagination for thousands of years. Why is this gemstone rumoured to be imbued with divine power? Paweł Janiszewski
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Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*

Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*
Silence in Antiquity

Magazine / science
Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began… Paweł Janiszewski
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The Breath of the Universe

The Breath of the Universe
The Ancient Theory of ‘Pneuma’

Magazine / culture
The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece believed that breath played a fundamental role in structuring cosmic existence. Paweł Janiszewski
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An End That Marks a Beginning

An End That Marks a Beginning
The History of the Ouroboros

Magazine / culture
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures. Paweł Janiszewski