Ptolemy

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Synonyms for Ptolemy

Alexandrian astronomer (of the 2nd century) who proposed a geocentric system of astronomy that was undisputed until the late Renaissance

an ancient dynasty of Macedonian kings who ruled Egypt from 323 BC to 30 BC

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For centuries, however, the view of Claudius Ptolemy (100 A.
I like to think of Claudius Ptolemy, a geographer, astronomer, and mathematician of the second century, whose work changed navigation through the early use of longitude and latitude.
The Almagest of Claudius Ptolemy was the dominant work in astronomy for over a thousand years until the publication of Copernicus's De revolutionibus in 1543.
As McLean explains, Munster was heir to two classical traditions, the textual and descriptive (Strabo's) and the more pragmatic approach of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, to which Munster's title alludes.
Before Copernicus turned astronomy on its ear (and got his followers tortured, imprisoned and burned at the stake for blasphemy), Claudius Ptolemy was the undisputed word on the Earth's status in the universe.
Also forecast to go for pounds 1m is the first printed atlas, containing visions of the world by Claudius Ptolemy.
The second section also covers the contributions of one of the most important cartographers, Claudius Ptolemy, while the third examines three distinctive types of Medieval European maps, mappaemundi (a Latin term meaning maps of the world), Portolan charts (ship's pilot charts that show sailing directions and ports), and regional maps.