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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