noun, plural Ptol·e·mies for 2.
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Maybe, like Ptolemy’s Earth-centric model of the universe, they set it up wrong from the start.
Others think it may be a cenotaph, built to house Alexander himself but then left empty after Ptolemy made off with his body.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey follows the story of a 91-year-old man crippled with dementia.
He traveled over a considerable portion of Europe, and for his knowledge was styled the Ptolemy of his age.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
It is a lively, well-written book, intended to be read, and forms a striking contrast to the Geography of Ptolemy.
One was Diatonic, of the 'colour' or variety which Ptolemy recognises as the prevailing one, viz.
It was probably therefore devised about the time of Ptolemy, if not actually by him.
The nomenclature by position is an essential part of the scheme of Keys proposed by Ptolemy.
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Scientific definitions for Ptolemy
See Note at Copernicus.
Cultural definitions for Ptolemy (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.
Cultural definitions for Ptolemy (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.)