Ptolemy Ptolémée


2nd Century A.D. - IIe siècle après J.C.

Iconography of Ptolemy's Portrait
Iconographie du portrait de Ptolémée

1586 Whitney

Anonymous, The Astronomer, 1586, engraving, dimensions unknown, in Whitney 1586.

Anonyme, L'astronome, 1586, gravure, dimensions inconnues, dans Whitney 1586.

Colllaboration from Anna Marie Roos

The emblem reference to astronomers in general can be found at "Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 157" although I know I have seen that same emblem in reference to Ptolemy. The University of Glasgow has the Stirling Maxwell Collection of emblems, and I wonder if a librarian up there could help more specifically with this query.

"In eos, qui, proximioribus spretis, remotiora sequuntur. [On those who, having disdained the things near at hand, pursue the more remote]. Th'astronomer, by night beheld the starres to shine: And what should chaunce an other yeare, began for to devine. But while too longe in skyes, the curious foole did dwell, As hee was marchinge through the shade, he slipt into a well. Then crying out for helpe, had frendes at hand, by chaunce; And nowe his perill being past; they thus at him doe glaunce. What foolishe art is this? (quoth they) thou hould'st so deare, That doth forshowe the perilles farre: but not the daungers neare." (Whitney 1586)



Anna Marie Roos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Minnesota Duluth.



William Barker, Mark Feltham, and Jean Guthrie, "Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 157", Alciato's Book of Emblems The Memorial Web Edition in Latin and English, Alciato's Book of Emblems Whitney's Choice of Emblemes, with Sources in Alciato, University of Newfoundland, Department of English Memorial, email to



Whitney 1586 - Geffrey Whitney, Choice of Emblemes, Leiden, Christopher Plantin, 1586.
mise à jour le 7 janvier 2001

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