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  • The shapes differ so much they seem to be translations—by Ptolemy, Mercator, Francois Valentyn, Mortier, and Heydt—growing from mythic shapes into eventual accuracy.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I’ve got about five hundred, but I haven’t got Agrippa or Ptolemy.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • As Ptolemy Philopater testified of the African elephant, I then testified of the whale, pronouncing him the most devout of all beings.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It’s basically a thank-you letter from some priests to King Ptolemy V. When it was first carved, the stone was no big deal.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid

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  • Its construction was continued by Darius the Great, son of Hystaspes, and probably completed by King Ptolemy II.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Read Tacitus and Ptolemy, even Giraldus Cambrensis.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Katherine’s head now filled with distant names like Ptolemy, Pythagoras, and Hermes Trismegistus.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • What mind, that is not wholly barbarous and uncultured, can find pleasure in reading of how a great tower full of knights sails away across the sea like a ship with a fair wind, and will be to-night in Lombardy and to-morrow morning in the land of Prester John of the Indies, or some other that Ptolemy never described nor Marco Polo saw?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Ptolemy called it apolutrosis— the same word used when slaves were legally freed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The Septuagint, who were 70. learned men of the Jews, sent for by Ptolemy King of Egypt, to translate the Jewish Law, out of the Hebrew into the Greek, have left us no other for holy Scripture in the Greek tongue, but the same that are received in the Church of England.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan

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  • From Alexandria This is the news:—he fishes, drinks, and wastes The lamps of night in revel: is not more manlike Than Cleopatra;, nor the queen of Ptolemy More womanly than he: hardly gave audience, or Vouchsaf’d to think he had partners: you shall find there A man who is the abstract of all faults That all men follow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Copernicus will be routed by Ptolemy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ptolemy believed that the sun, planets, and stars revolve around the earth; Copernicus taught that the planets revolve around the sun.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • [1] The sun, a planet according to the Ptolemaic system.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Of alle men most blessed may he be, The wise astrologer Dan* Ptolemy, *Lord That saith this proverb in his Almagest:<13> ’Of alle men his wisdom is highest, That recketh not who hath the world in hand.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • He set up his general Ptolemy as the new pharaoh, and founded a line of Greek kings to rule over Egypt.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • *that tun* Beware of it, ere thou too nigh approach, For I shall tell examples more than ten: Whoso will not beware by other men, By him shall other men corrected be: These same wordes writeth Ptolemy; Read in his Almagest, and take it there.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The lord, the lady, and each man, save the frere, Saide, that Jankin spake in this mattere As well as Euclid, or as Ptolemy.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • ] [Footnote 189: Copernicus (1473-1543) discovered the error of the old Ptolemaic system of astronomy and showed that the sun is the centre of our planetary system.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The system of geography and astronomy taught in the second century by Ptolemy of Alexandria; it was accepted till the sixteenth century, when the Copernican system was established.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • His sons he there proclaim’d the kings of kings: Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia, He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign’d Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia: she In the habiliments of the goddess Isis That day appear’d; and oft before gave audience, As ’tis reported, so.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Let’s grant it is not Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy; To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit And keep the turn of tippling with a slave; To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet With knaves that smell of sweat: say this becomes him,— As his composure must be rare indeed Whom these things cannot blemish,—yet must Antony No way excuse his foils when we do bear So great weight in his lightness.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Here I saw both Socrates and Plato, who before the others stand nearest to him; Democritus, who ascribes the world to chance; Diogenes, Anaxagoras, and Thales, Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Zeno; and I saw the good collector of the qualities, Dioscorides, I mean; and I saw Orpheus, Tully, and Linus, and moral Seneca, Euclid the geometer, and Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Averrhoes, who made the great comment.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • But from that time forward they were accounted the Law of the Jews, and for such translated into Greek by Seventy Elders of Judaea, and put into the Library of Ptolemy at Alexandria, and approved for the Word of God.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "Very far," said Don Quixote, "for of the three hundred and sixty degrees that this terraqueous globe contains, as computed by Ptolemy, the greatest cosmographer known, we shall have travelled one-half when we come to the line I spoke of."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Either Ptolemy and the scholastics are right, and the world is finite in time and space, which means that God is transcendent and the polarity of God and world is maintained, so that man, too, leads a dualistic existence, and the problem of his soul rests in the conflict between what his senses register and what transcends his senses, making all social issues entirely secondary—this is indeed the only form of individualism that I recognize as logically consistent.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • [3] The third ring of ice, named for that Ptolemy of Jericho who slew his father-in-law, the high-priest Simon, and his sons (1 Maccabees wi.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Don Quixote laughed at the interpretation Sancho put upon "computed," and the name of the cosmographer Ptolemy, and said he, "Thou must know, Sancho, that with the Spaniards and those who embark at Cadiz for the East Indies, one of the signs they have to show them when they have passed the equinoctial line I told thee of, is, that the lice die upon everybody on board the ship, and not a single one is left, or to be found in the whole vessel if they gave its weight in gold for it; so,
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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