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Ptolemaic System

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Definition pre-Copernicus theory that supported the belief that the planets revolve around the earth which was thought to be the center of the universe
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ptolemy called it apolutrosis— the same word used when slaves were legally freed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • 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
  • Copernicus will be routed by Ptolemy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Katherine's head now filled with distant names like Ptolemy, Pythagoras, and Hermes Trismegistus.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • [1] The sun, a planet according to the Ptolemaic system.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ] [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
  • 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
  • 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

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