Interpretatio
(2,474 words)

I. Law

[German version]

A. Concept

Interpretatio is interpretation, not only of texts but also of oral declarations and other matters of legal import. The topos of simple truth requiring no mediator (Petron. Sat. 107,15) does not apply to the specialist knowledge of astrologers (cf.  Divination), philologists (on both: Cic. Div. 1,34; 2,92) and jurists (Cic. Leg. 2,59). At the end of the Republic, the words interpres (‘interpreter’) and interpretari (‘to interpret’) become conflated into the abstract interpretatio [3. 80ff., 91ff.]; …

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Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main) and Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Interpretatio”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 26 September 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e525440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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