Definition of Almagest

1. n. The celebrated work of Ptolemy of Alexandria, which contains nearly all that is known of the astronomical observations and theories of the ancients. The name was extended to other similar works.



Definition of Almagest

1. Noun. A comprehensive treaty on astronomy, geography, and mathematics compiled by Ptolemy circa 150 (C.E.). ¹

2. Noun. Any of several medieval treatises, especially those concerned with astronomy or alchemy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Almagest

1. a medieval treatise on astrology or alchemy [n -S]

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Literary usage of Almagest

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The first complete edition of the almagest Is that of P. ... Thie ii a summary of a portion of the almagest, and contains a brief statement of the principal ..."

2. A History of Greek Mathematics by Thomas Little Heath (1921)
"... which became almagest; and it has been known by this name ever since. The complicated character of the system expounded by Ptolemy is no doubt ..."

3. A Short History of Astronomy by Arthur Berry (1899)
"... known as the almagest* which is the source from which by far the greater part of our knowledge of Greek astronomy is derived, and which may be fairly ..."

4. Ptolemy's First Commentator by Alexander Jones (1990)
"Artemidorus reveals himself in §§28-32 as a not very intelligent critic of Ptolemy's methodology in establishing his lunar theory in the almagest. ..."

5. Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos, Or Quadripartite: Being Four Books of the Influence by Ptolemy, Proclus, Philip Ranger, J. M. Ashmand (1822)
"... with two other Latin translations : one printed at Basle, together with a translation of the almagest in 1541 ; the other by itself at Perugia in 1646*. ..."

6. A New General Biographical Dictionary by Hugh James Rose (1848)
"In imitation of the almagest of Ptolemy, it exhibits a collection of the discoveries and improvements in astronomical science, from the earliest ages of ..."

7. Ptolemy's First Commentator by Alexander Jones (1990)
"Artemidorus reveals himself in §§28-32 as a not very intelligent critic of Ptolemy's methodology in establishing his lunar theory in the almagest. ..."

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