How Well Do You Know Ptolemy?

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How Well Do You Know Ptolemy? - Quiz

Ptolemy is a famous and respected mathematician that contributed to more than one aspect of the humankind. Do you know him very well? Take this quiz and see.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is his full name in Latin?

    • A.

      Klaúdios Ptolemaeus

    • B.

      Claudius Ptolemaîos

    • C.

      Claudius Ptolemaeus

    • D.

      Klaúdios Ptolemaîos

    Correct Answer
    C. Claudius Ptolemaeus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Claudius Ptolemaeus. This is the Latinized version of the Greek name Klaúdios Ptolemaîos. In Latin, the letter "k" is typically replaced with "c" and the accent marks are removed. Therefore, Klaúdios becomes Claudius and Ptolemaîos becomes Ptolemaeus.

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  • 2. 

    When was he born?

    • A.

      C. AD 150

    • B.

      C. AD 100

    • C.

      C. AD 200

    • D.

      C. AD 250

    Correct Answer
    B. C. AD 100
    Explanation
    The correct answer is C. AD 100. This means that he was born in the year 100 AD.

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  • 3. 

    How many epigrams did he release in the Greek Anthology?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    A. 1
  • 4. 

    Where did he live?

    • A.

      Thebes

    • B.

      Cairo

    • C.

      Alexandria

    • D.

      Athens

    Correct Answer
    C. Alexandria
    Explanation
    He lived in Alexandria.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following did Ptolemy never contribute to?

    • A.

      Islamic science

    • B.

      Byzantine

    • C.

      Poetry

    • D.

      European science

    Correct Answer
    C. Poetry
    Explanation
    Ptolemy, an ancient Greek astronomer, mathematician, and geographer, is known for his significant contributions to various fields, including Islamic science, Byzantine, and European science. However, he never contributed to poetry. Ptolemy's most notable works include "Almagest," a comprehensive treatise on astronomy, and "Geography," which provided a detailed account of the world's geography. While his scientific and geographic contributions were highly influential, there is no evidence or record of Ptolemy making any contributions to the field of poetry.

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  • 6. 

    How many parts does his astrological treatise have?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      2

    Correct Answer
    A. 5
    Explanation
    The astrological treatise has five parts.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is NOT a job of his?

    • A.

      Astrologer

    • B.

      Astronomer

    • C.

      Geologist

    • D.

      Mathematician

    Correct Answer
    C. Geologist
    Explanation
    A geologist is not a job of his because the other options, astrologer, astronomer, and mathematician, are all related to the study of celestial bodies and mathematics, while geology is the study of the Earth's structure, rocks, and minerals.

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  • 8. 

    What is Apotelesmatika?

    • A.

      Astrological Premise

    • B.

      Astrological Prognostics

    • C.

      Astronomical Premise

    • D.

      Astronomical Prognostics

    Correct Answer
    B. Astrological Prognostics
    Explanation
    Apotelesmatika refers to the practice of making predictions or forecasts based on astrology. It involves interpreting celestial events and their influence on human affairs. Astrological prognostics specifically focus on predicting future events and outcomes based on astrological principles. The term "apotelesmatika" is often used in the context of ancient Greek astrology, where it was believed that celestial events had a direct impact on human lives. Therefore, the correct answer is Astrological Prognostics.

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  • 9. 

    What is the Latin equivalent of Tetrabiblos?

    • A.

      Iwe Mẹrin

    • B.

      Quadripartitum

    • C.

      Quadropartitum

    • D.

      Quadriparti

    Correct Answer
    B. Quadripartitum
    Explanation
    Quadripartitum is the Latin equivalent of Tetrabiblos. This is evident from the similarity in the names, as both words contain the root "quadri" which means "four" in Latin. Additionally, "partitum" can be translated as "parts" or "divisions," suggesting that Quadripartitum is a four-part or four-division work, just like Tetrabiblos. Therefore, Quadripartitum is the correct Latin equivalent of Tetrabiblos.

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  • 10. 

    Who translated his work from Arabic to Latin?

    • A.

      Alessandro Marchetti

    • B.

      Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia

    • C.

      Plato Tiburtinus

    • D.

      Fibonacci

    Correct Answer
    C. Plato Tiburtinus
    Explanation
    Plato Tiburtinus is the correct answer because he is known for translating works from Arabic to Latin.

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