Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski was born Józef Mélèze-Modrzejewski on March 8, 1930, Poland, and died on January 29, 2017.
He was a Polish historian and professor of ancient history at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski began his scientific career in Poland as a student of Rafał Taubenschlag.
He had arrived in France in 1958, he taught for thirty years the legal and social history of the Hellenistic world at the Faculty of Law of Paris and at the Sorbonne.
Following his retirement from the University in 1999, he continued for 5 years to lead a seminar on papyrology and history of rights from ancient times at the École pratique des hautes études (IVe Section, historical and philological sciences) established in 1972.
Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski passed away at 86 years old.