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Stamatina Mastorakou

Research Scholar (Sep 2022-Aug 2025)

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Stamatina Mastorakou is the leader of the Working Group “Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE)” and the book review editor of Aestimatio.

Tina’s research focuses on the history of ancient astronomy and is based on literary and archeological sources. Tina has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Athens, Greece, and a PhD from Imperial College, University of London, in the History of Hellenistic Astronomy. She has extensive teaching and research experience at institutions in the US, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. As a Research Scholar at MPIWG, Tina is working on her second monograph The Popularization of Astronomical Knowledge in Antiquity: Shaping Celestial Imagery through Poetry, Art and Politics. Her book explores the production and dissemination of astral knowledge in the Hellenistic world, which was shaped by the popular astronomical poem Phaenomena by Aratus, the political agenda of the Antigonids, and the creation of celestial globes and artistic objects with astral imagery.

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Image Database: Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens

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Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE)

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Representations of Celestial Maps in the Hellenistic World

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Selected Publications

Mastorakou, Stamatina (2024). “Antike Globen in Larissa.” Der Globusfreund 68 (2023): 117–128.

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Mastorakou, Stamatina (2024). “Ancient Globes of Larissa.” Globe Studies 68 (2023): 115–126.

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Mastorakou, Stamatina (2020). “Aratus and the Popularization of Hellenistic Astronomy.” In Hellenistic Astronomy: The Science in Its Contexts, ed. A. C. Bowen and F. Rochberg, 383–397. Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004400566_035.

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Mastorakou, Stamatina (2020). “Aratus’ Phaenomena beyond Its Sources.” Aestimatio: Sources and Studies in the History of Science 1 (1): 55–70. https://doi.org/10.33137/aestimatio.v1i1.37591.

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The Written Forms of External Medicine in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Waike Zhengzong

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Tombs and Astral Knowledge from Egypt to China (1000 BCE–1000 CE)

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The Making of Calculable Territory in Song Dynasty China, 1000–1250

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The Mystery of the Seventeenth-Century Telescope: A Whodunit

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Numeracy and Administration in the Ancient Greek and Roman World

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Reading Celestial Omens in Turfan and Dunhuang. Babylonian Divination Models and their Medieval Reception on the Silk Road

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Empire under the Night Sky: Recording Field Allocation in Chinese Local Gazetteers

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The Global Reconstruction of Capital

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Experimental Infrastructures of Entomological Care in Colonial Taiwan: Sericultural Acclimatization

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