noun, plural Ptol·e·mies for 2.
Examples from the Web for ptolemies
And indeed since her death in 30 B.C., nearly everything has conspired against Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemies.
Here arose, under the Ptolemies, a complete system of higher instruction, and libraries such as the world had not before seen.History of Education|Levi Seeley
One of the Ptolemies, kings of Egypt, desired to know and have these sacred books.The City of God, Volume II|Aurelius Augustine
During the next century Palestine was subject to the Ptolemies.Biblical Geography and History|Charles Foster Kent
Many kings however have taken the same name, as the Ptolemies, on account of the fame of the first person who bore it.
Golenischeff believes this temple to have been erected by the Ptolemies.
British Dictionary definitions for ptolemies
Word Origin and History for ptolemies
ancient masc. proper name, from Greek Ptolemaios, literally "warlike," from ptolemos, collateral form of polemos "war." Cf. Ptolemaic.
Science definitions for ptolemies
See Note at Copernicus.
Culture definitions for ptolemies (1 of 2)
An ancient Greek astronomer, living in Egypt (see also Egypt), who proposed a way of calculating the movements of the planets on the assumption that they, along with the sun and the stars, were embedded in clear spheres that revolved around the Earth. The system of Ptolemy, called the Ptolemaic universe, prevailed in astronomy for nearly fifteen hundred years, until the modern model of the solar system, with the sun at the center and the planets in motion, was developed from the ideas of Copernicus.
Culture definitions for ptolemies (2 of 2)
An ancient Greek astronomer, living in Egypt (see also Egypt), who proposed a way of calculating the movements of the planets on the assumption that they, along with the sun and the stars, revolved around the Earth. (See Ptolemaic universe.)