Ptolemy's Poetry

If Ptolemy composed poetry it has not survived, with the possible exception of a single epigram, included in the Greek Anthology and attributed to Ptolemy, in which the poet reflects that to study the stars is to approach the divine. This indeed echoes Ptolemy's pronouncements on the ethical motivations for studying astronomy. Tycho Brahe and Kepler were inspired to compose Latin versions.

Recommended Reading

M.Hoskin (ed.) The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy, Cambridge 1997

J.North The Fontana History of Astronomy and Cosmology, London 1994

G.J.Toomer "Ptolemy", pp.186-206 in The Dictionary of Scientific Biography, New York 1970

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