How do you pronounce ptolemy?
There are various possibilities. The source of the ancient name was the same as the source of the English word "polemic." In ancient times it may have been pronounced with the T, the P, or both. An alternate spelling in ancient Greek was "Polemos," which is how it appears in Homer, and a nephew of Antigonus I (382-301 BC), was named Polemaeus. It comes into modern Italian as "Tolomeo," and ancient Aramaic as "Talmai," but the modern Arabic equivalent is transliterated as "Batlemos," pronouncing both the P (converted to a B) and the T.