Origin of Ptolemaic
Examples from the Web for ptolemaic
The Ptolemaic hypothesis of the universe was then in fashion.
In 1632 appeared his "Dialogues" on the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems.
But for the stars—the old Ptolemaic system might still have been true.
Even at the present day, we habitually use the Ptolemaic phraseology.The Astronomy of the Bible
E. Walter Maunder
It may have been due to the strange superstition of the Egyptians of the Ptolemaic period.The New York Obelisk
Charles E. Moldenke
- of or relating to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy or to his conception of the universe
- of or relating to the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great (323 bc) to the death of Cleopatra (30 bc)
Word Origin and History for ptolemaic
1670s, "of Ptolemy," Alexandrian astronomer (2c.) whose geocentric model of the universe was accepted until the time of Copernicus and Kepler. Also (1771) "of the Ptolemies," Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander to Cleopatra. Earlier form was Ptolemaean (1640s).