Claudius Ptolemy was a Roman citizen
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 of Egypt who wrote in Greek
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. He was a mathematician
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, astronomer
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, geographer
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, astrologer
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, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology
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. He lived in Egypt
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 under Roman rule, and is believed to have been born in the town of Ptolemais Hermiou
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 in the Thebaid
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. This theory, proposed by Theodore Meliteniotes
Theodore Meliteniotes
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, could be correct, but it is late (ca. 1360) and unsupported. There is no reason to suppose that he ever lived anywhere else than Alexandria
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, where he died around AD 168.

Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, at least three of which were of continuing importance to later Islamic
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 and Europe
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an science.

The length of life takes the leading place among inquiries about events following birth.

Book III, sec. 10

As material fortune is associated with the properties of the body, so honor belongs to those of the soul.

Book IV, sec. 1

There are three classes of friendship and enmity, since men are so disposed to one another either by preference or by need or through pleasure and pain.

Book IV, sec. 7