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Headword: *ptolemai=os
Adler number: pi,3033
Translated headword: Ptolemaios, Ptolemaeus, Ptolemy
Vetting Status: high
[Ptolemy] who was called Claudius, a philosopher of Alexandria. He lived at the time of the emperor Marcus [Aurelius].[1] This man wrote 3 books of Mechanics, 2 books Concerning the appearances and indications of the fixed stars, Simplification of the surface of a sphere, Handy Tables, the Great Astronomy or Systematic Treatise,[2] and other works.
Greek Original:
*ptolemai=os, o( *klau/dios xrhmati/sas, *)alecandreu/s, filo/sofos, gegonw\s e)pi\ tw=n xro/nwn *ma/rkou tou= basile/ws. ou(=tos e)/graye *mhxanika\ bibli/a g#, *peri\ fa/sewn kai\ e)pishmasiw=n a)ste/rwn a)planw=n bibli/a b#, *(/aplwsin e)pifanei/as sfai/ras, *kano/na pro/xeiron, to\n *me/gan a)strono/mon h)/toi *su/ntacin: kai\ a)/lla.
Ptolemy's works on astronomy and geography were not superseded until the 15th century. See OCD4 s.v. Ptolemy(4); article by J. J. O'Connor and E. F. Robertson at web address 1 (MacTutor History of Mathematics).
[1] Reigned 161-180 BCE; see generally mu 214, mu 215.
[2] Best known by its Arabic title, the Almagest, derived from the Greek megi/sth [su/ntacis].
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; mathematics; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 January 2003@01:29:58.
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David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 2 January 2003@03:00:36.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 29 September 2005@02:20:35.
David Whitehead on 30 November 2011@05:51:02.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@03:43:14.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@07:19:49.
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