It is a 2nd-century mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths. Written in Greek by Claudius Ptolemy (lat. Claudius Ptolemaeus c. AD 90 – c. AD 168), a Roman era scholar of Egypt, it is one of the most influential scientific texts of all time, with its geocentric model accepted for more than twelve hundred years from its origin in Hellenistic Alexandria, in the medieval Byzantine and Islamic worlds and in Western Europe through the Middle Ages and early Renaissance until Copernicus.
The Almagest is a critical source of information on ancient Greek astronomy. The treatise’s conventional Greek name lies behind the Arabic name al-majisṭī (المجسطي), from which the English name Almagest derives. The Almagest consisted of thirteen sections, it is a 152 page Latin edition printed in 1515 at Venice.
This extraordinary oval shaped design features Ptolemy being guided by the muse Astronomy. Shiny glass inlay digitally printed 5C with Ptolemy’s planetary model.
54 x 32mm
with digital printing 5C on the glass inlay