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Almagest

The Syntaxis-megiste of Ptolemy, translated by the Arabians in 800, by order of the calif Al Maimon, and then called Al-maghesti, i.e., “the megiste.” It contains numerous observations and problems of geometry and astronomy: It is very rare, and more precious than gold.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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