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Historisches Seminar

Stamatina Mastorakou

Stamatina Mastorakou, Dr.

  • Oberassistentin

Areas of interest

History of Science and Technology, History of Astronomy, Ancient Science, Material Culture of Antiquity

Current project

“Visualizing the Cosmos. Celestial maps on paper and globes” (habilitation)
“Weather Signs in Antiquity”


2003  - 2007
PhD on history of ancient astronomy, Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, University of London
Thesis’ Title: “Hellenistic Popular Astronomy: Aratus’ Phaenomena”


2001 - 2003
MA on History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Athens

Piano Diploma Odeio Apollonio Conservatory, Athens

1995 - 2001
BA on History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Athens


Employment History

2019 -
Oberassistentin, History Department, University of Zürich

2016 - 2019:
Lecturer, History Department, University of Zürich

2016  - 2018:
Lecturer, Centre History of Knowledge, ETH, Zürich

2008 - 2016
Junior Fellow, Institute for Research in Classical Philosophy and Science, Princeton

2009 -  2013
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, New Jersey

2008  - 2009
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey

2007 - 2008
Visiting Scholar, New York University Classics Department, New York

2007 - 2008
Dictionary Assistant for Oxford University Press, Oxford

2004 - 2007
Teaching Assistant Imperial College, University of   London


Other Responsibilities

2018 - present
Group Leader in the Greco-Roman Collection, Visualizations of the Heavens and Their Material Cultures in Eurasia and North Africa (4,000 BCE–1700 CE), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin

2018 - present
Associate Editor, Aestimatio. Critical Review in the History of Science


''Aratus and the Popularization of Hellenistic Astronomy'' in Ancient Astronomy in Its Mediterranean Contexts (300 BC- 300 AD), A.C. Bowen & F. Rochberg (eds.) (in print)

Aratus’ Phaenomena beyond its sources, Interpretatio (in print).


''Greek Constellations'' in Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (edited by C. Ruggles), Springer, 2014.

Review of Elly Dekker, Illustrating the Phaenomena, in Aestimatio 11 (2014), 115-120.

Living Language: Greek, Random House, 2013.

Review of Mary Jaeger, Archimedes and the Roman Imagination, 2008 in Aestimatio 5 (2008), 200-204.

Review of J. T. Ramsey, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greco-Roman Comets from 500 B.C. to A.D.

400. Iowa: University of Iowa, 2006 in Classical Review 58 (2008), 522-524.

Review of J.L. Berggren, R.S.D. Thomas, Euclid's Phaenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Treatise in Spherical Astronomy, Providence: American Mathematical Society, 2006 in Isis 98 (2007), 821-822.

Review of V. Kalfas: Philosophy and Science in Ancient Greece, Athens: Polis, 2005 in Cogito 4 (2006), 120-121.



HS16 History of Ancient Science: from Plato to Ptolemy
FS17 Greek myths in their Historical Context
HS17 Disease and Healing in the Ancient World
FS18 Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece
HS18 What did the Ancients See in the Sky?
FS19 Meteorology in Ancient Times


History of Ancient Science,
Classical Mythology,
History of Astronomy,
Scientific Revolution,
Ancient Greek Civilization,
Modern Greek