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American Philosophical Society
Transactions, American Philosophical Society (vol. 86, part 1)
Alexander Jones (au)
The early recognition of Ptolemy’s major astronomical writings, the “Almagest” (or “Syntaxis”) & the later “Handy Tables,” has become a commonplace in histories of ancient astronomy. But the crucial century & a half between Ptolemy & the commentator Pappus, during which Ptolemy’s works were first circulated & gained preeminence, is for mathematical astronomy as nearly barren of documents as the three centuries between Hipparchus & Ptolemy. The fragmentary text with which this monograph is concerned casts some light on both these murky periods. Moreover, it preserves quotations from Artemidorus, a still earlier critic of Ptolemy’s innovations, & Apollinarius, a prominent astronomer from the time before Ptolemy. Illustrations.
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