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Interpretatio Romana/Graeca
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1. Latin interpretari means, similar to Gk ἑρμηνεύω/hermeneúō, “to interpretet, to translate, to make understandable.” Interpres (translator, mediator, exegete) and interpretatio are technical terms of exegesis in jurisprudence, literature, and religion. Interpretatio Romana/Graeca are not used technically in classical antiquity; interpretatio Graeca is a modern expression coined in analogy to Tacitus's singular statement (Germania 43) that two Germanic deities are to be identified with Castor and Pollux “according to Roman interpre…

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Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, “Interpretatio Romana/Graeca”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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