Interpretatio Series a Archive


This peer-reviewed publication is devoted to the history of premodern science understood as a subject that includes not only what was variously called science from antiquity up to the early modern period in cultures ranging from Spain to India, and from Africa to northern Europe, but also the diverse contexts in which this science figured at a given time. It aims to make fundamental texts in the history of science accessible to the modern reader both online and in print, primarily (but not exclusively) by means of editions, translations, and interpretations that satisfy the requirements of specialists but still address the needs of non-specialists and general readers.

Interpretatio comes in two forms. The first, Series A, is comprised of brief items (each numbered and paginated separately) that are published as they are ready. The second, Series B, is for monographs, collections of essays, and the like.

Interpretatio is intended for readers interested in the history and interpretation of the various disciplines called science in the West from antiquity until the modern era, as well as in intellectual history and philology.


Sonja Brentjes

Wilber R. Knorr on Thābit ibn Qurra: A Case-Study in the Historiography of Premodern Science


Fabio Acerbi

The Meaning of «ἑνὶ ὀνόματι» in the Sectio canonis


Stamatina Mastorakou

Aratus’ Phaenomena beyond Its Sources


Alan C. Bowen

The Directions and Names of the Winds: A Translation of [Aristotle], Ventorum situs et nomina


Aldo Brigaglia

Remarks on the Historiography of Mathematics

Editorial Board


Alan C. BowenIRCPS


Francesca RochbergUniversity of California, Berkeley

Advisory Editors

Fabio AcerbiCNRS, Lille
Gad FreudenthalCNRS, Paris
Bernard R. GoldsteinUniversity of Pittsburgh
Annette ImhausenGoethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Hadi JoratiOhio State University
Pamela O. LongIndependent Scholar, Washington, DC
Vivian NuttonUniversity College London
Kim PlofkerUnion College
Pamela H. SmithColumbia University
John M. SteeleBrown University
Émilie VilleyCNRS, Paris
Heinrich von StadenInstitute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Christian WildbergPrinceton University