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Life era: circa 150 CE or perhaps 300 BCE?[edit]

What other sources besides a modern book exist about the times that he lived in, and how was that determined? I remember reading (perhaps in Moris' book about the history of Math?) that he lived and died circa 300 BC! Thanksפשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 10:35, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

In Chapter 5 of Book 12 of the Almagest Ptolemy wrote that he observed oppositions of Saturn in years 11 and 17 of the emperor Hadrian's reign, and in Chapter 1 of Book 10 he wrote that he made observations of Venus in year 14 of Antoninus Pius's reign. Thus the span of his adult life must have encompassed the years 128 AD and 152 AD. I doubt if there are any professional historians who have suggested he was alive at any time before Christ, let alone anywhere near 300 BC.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 14:22, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
It just occurred to me that what you remember reading might have been about Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander the Great's generals, who established himself as Pharaoh of Egypt after Alexander's death, founded the Ptolemaic dynasty, and turned Alexandria into a centre of Greek culture, where the famous library was established either by this Ptolemy, or by his son, Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The pharaoh Ptolemy I did indeed flourish around 300 BC, but he is a completely different person from the astronomer who is the subject of this article.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 12:58, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Pronunciation: Ptolemy? Tholmai?[edit]

In Hebrew his name is written with a Thaff (which changes to Taff at the beginning of a word). Just wondering what the original pronunciation would have been, and if there is any way of knowing? How is his name pronounced today in Greece? Was there a unique Alexandrian Greek accent, and is there still an Alexandrian Greek community in Alexandria today? פשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 12:36, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Disambiguation to more than names[edit]

So, I was looking for [Ptolemy_project], for which there was no way besides Google to find. I could have been looking for [Geography_(Ptolemy)], the [Ptolemic_Kingdom]. Linking to a disambiguation page for the names might work for some searchers; a general redirection page would be better. 2620:0:2E80:A002:C882:5BAD:2D47:E2B1 (talk) 23:40, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

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elevation of the north pole for a few cities[edit]

What is meant by the "elevation of the north pole for a few cities" is this the distance to the North pole? Is this the angle that points to the North star? Can someone clear this up. --RAN (talk) 04:11, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
 Done

"North pole" here means "north celestial pole". Since this concept is likely to be unfamiliar to many readers, I have added a footnote briefly explaining it, and a wikilink to the relevant Wikipedia article.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 10:42, 20 May 2018 (UTC)