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Headword: Πτολεμαῖος
Adler number: pi,3033
Translated headword: Ptolemaios, Ptolemaeus, Ptolemy
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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:
Πτολεμαῖος, ὁ Κλαύδιος χρηματίσας, Ἀλεξανδρεύς, φιλόσοφος, γεγονὼς ἐπὶ τῶν χρόνων Μάρκου τοῦ βασιλέως. οὗτος ἔγραψε Μηχανικὰ βιβλία γ#, Περὶ φάσεων καὶ ἐπισημασιῶν ἀστέρων ἀπλανῶν βιβλία β#, Ἅπλωσιν ἐπιφανείας σφαίρας, Κανόνα πρόχειρον, τὸν Μέγαν ἀστρονόμον ἤτοι Σύνταξιν: καὶ ἄλλα.
Notes:
Ptolemy's works on astronomy and geography were not superseded until the 15th century.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 μεγίστη [σύνταξις] .
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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