of or relating to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy.
of or relating to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt.
of or relating to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy or to his conception of the universe
of or relating to the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great (323 bc) to the death of Cleopatra (30 bc)

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