The Almagest is a 2nd-century Greek-language mathematical and astronomical treatise on the . The second, by G. J. Toomer, Ptolemy’s Almagest in , with a second edition in The third was a partial translation by Bruce M. Perry in . JHA, xviii () ESSAY REVIEW THE ALMA GEST IN TRANSLATION Ptolemy’s Translated and annotated by G. J. Toomer (Duckworth, London, ). Ptolemy’s Almagest. Astronomy – Early works to I. Title II. Toomer. G. J.. . with microfilms of various Greek and Arabic manuscripts of the Almagest.

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Babylonian astronomy Egyptian astronomy. It was very useful in studies of ancient cultural as well as ancient math.

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Henry Aristippus made the first Latin translation directly from a Greek copy, but it was not as influential as a later translation into Latin made by Gerard of Cremona from the Arabic finished in Ptolemy inherited from his Greek predecessors a geometrical toolbox and a partial set of models for predicting where the planets would appear in the sky. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. But calculations show that his ecliptic longitudes correspond more closely to around 58 AD. No eBook available Amazon.


For the journal, see Almagest journal. Most of these errors can be explained xlmagest similarities in the symbols used for different numbers. At least one translator also introduced errors. The scanned books are available in full at the Gallica French national library. Cyrene Library of Alexandria Platonic Academy. Commentaries on the Syntaxis were written by Theon of Alexandria extantPappus of Alexandria only fragments surviveand Ammonius Hermiae lost.

This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat It has also been valuable to students of mathematics because it documents the ancient Greek mathematician Hipparchus ‘s work, which has been lost.

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Ptolemy’s Almagest Ptolemy Snippet view – Layout of the tables of risingtimes from parallel to parallel2. Springer-Verlag- Mathematics – pages. In a later book, the Planetary HypothesesPtolemy explained how to transform his geometrical models into three-dimensional spheres or partial spheres.

Apollonius of Perga c. Ptolemy wrote the Syntaxis as a textbook of mathematical astronomy. The first translations into Arabic were made in the 9th century, with two separate efforts, one sponsored by the caliph Al-Ma’mun.

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On the angles between the ecliptic and the meridian. Ptolemy set up a public inscription at Canopus, Egyptin or He was unable to create accurate models for the remaining five planets. Heiberg almavest Claudii Ptolemaei opera quae exstant omniavols.


The Almagest is the critical source of information on ancient Greek astronomy. The new translation was a great improvement; the new commentary was not, and aroused criticism.

Ancient Greek astronomical works Astronomy books Works by Ptolemy 2nd-century books. Medieval European science Indian astronomy Medieval Islamic astronomy.

These were probably measured by a different person or persons from the others, and in an inaccurate way. Ptolemy’s “Almagest” is one of the most influential scientific works in history.

AD — c. Introduction to the Mathematics of the Heavens in Some errors may be due to atmospheric refraction causing stars that are low in the sky to appear higher than where they really are.

Hence it cannot have been completed before abouta quarter-century after Ptolemy began observing. Catesby Taliaferro of St. Timeline of ancient Greek mathematicians.