The Enigma of Ptolemy's Catalogue of Stars

@article{Swerdlow1992TheEO,
  title={The Enigma of Ptolemy's Catalogue of Stars},
  author={Noel M. Swerdlow},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={1992},
  volume={23},
  pages={173 - 183}
}
  • N. Swerdlow
  • Published 1 August 1992
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
On the right side of Raphael's School of Athens are two figures representing geography and astronomy. One, a young man with his back to the viewer wearing a crown and holding a terrestrial globe, is Ptolemy, and the other, an older bearded man holding a celestial globe, is Hipparchus. (Following Vasari, who also confuses the two figures, art historians usually identify the latter figure as "Zoroaster", but historians of astronomy know better.) It is not surprising that Ptolemy should hold a… 
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