Ptolemy





Ptolemy

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born
in Ptolemais Hermiou, Egypt
March 08, 0090

died
July 15, 0168

gender
male

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Claudius Ptolemy (c. 90 – c. 168 CE) was a Greek-Roman citizen of Egypt who wrote in Greek. He was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in Egypt under Roman rule, and is believed to have been born in the town of Ptolemais Hermiou in the Thebaid. This theory, proposed by Theodore Meliteniotes, could be correct, but it is late (ca. 1360) and unsupported. There is no reason to suppose that he ever lived anywhere else than Alexandria, where he died around AD 168.

Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, at least three of which were of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise now known as the Alma
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Ptolemy's Almagest
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Ptolemy: Tetrabiblos
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The Geography
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Tetrabiblos, together with ...
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Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos: Quad...
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Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler...
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Cosmography: Maps From Ptol...
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“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia”
Ptolemy, Ptolemy's Almagest

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.”
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