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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms


- a planet which is at the highest point of its own cycle, and so furthest from the Earth, is at its auge (also known by the Arabic term awj). In the Ptolemaic worldview the term applies to the epicycle of motion along the deferent, its purpose being to define the planet's furthest point of elevation above the Earth. There is a philosophical association between a planet positioned in its most superior position above the Earth and the characteristics of being exalted and superior in influence which is discussed in Ibn Ezra's Book of Reasons (Epstein translation, pp.18-19)

See also: apogee | deferent | epicycle | equant | perigee | sphere

Apogee - auge - perigee - deferent

[The diagram shows the principle, not the scale]

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