Ancient India As Described by Ptolemy (1927)

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Ancient India As Described by Ptolemy (1927)

S$280.00

Title: Ancient India as Described by Ptolemy

Author: J.W. McCrindle, S.N. Majumdar

Publisher: Chuckervertty, Chatterjee & Co, Calcutta, 1927. Second edition.

Condition: Hardcover, new endpapers. Facsimile reprint of original 1885 edition, with a new introduction. Very good. 2 foldout maps, one in colour. 431pp. App. 9″ by 5.5″.

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Description

This book is a study of Ptolemy’s “Treatise on Geography” also known by its Latin names as the Geographia and the Cosmographia, with specific reference of the parts on India.

About Ptolemy (from Wikipedia):

Claudius Ptolemy c. AD 100 – c. 170)[2] was a Greek writer, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Koine Greek, and held Roman citizenship. Beyond that, few reliable details of his life are known. His birthplace has been given as Ptolemais Hermiou in the Thebaid in an uncorroborated statement by the 14th-century astronomer Theodore Meliteniotes. This is a very late attestation, however, and there is no other reason to suppose that he ever lived elsewhere than Alexandria, where he died around AD 168.

Ptolemy wrote several scientific treatises, three of which were of importance to later Byzantine, Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise now known as the Almagest, although it was originally entitled the Mathematical Treatise and then known as the Great Treatise. The second is the Geography, which is a thorough discussion of the geographic knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. The third is the astrological treatise in which he attempted to adapt horoscopic astrology to the Aristotelian natural philosophy of his day. This is sometimes known as the Apotelesmatika but more commonly known as the Tetrabiblos from the Greek meaning “Four Books” or by the Latin Quadripartitum.