A History of the Ptolemaic Empire
This compelling narrative provides the only comprehensive guide in English to the rise and decline of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt over three centuries - from the death of Alexander in 323 BC to the tragic deaths of Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC.
The skilful integration of material from a vast array of sources allows the reader to trace the political and religious development of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient eastern Mediterranean. It shows how the success of the Ptolemies was due in part to their adoption of many features of the Egyptian Pharaohs who preceded them - their deification and funding of cults and temples throughout Egypt.
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The empire under the second and third Ptolemies
the second Ptolemaic couple
Ptolemaic activities outside the eastern Mediterranean
Royal ideology and religious policy from Alexander
Basileus Hellenistic ruler cult and the Greek god
and double crown
Egypt in the political designs
Religious culture and divine kingship from Ptolemy VI
scenes of the king with the cartouches of Ptolemy XII
Epilogue Fundamentals of the development of the Ptolemaic kingdom
The Ptolemic family to Ptolemy V
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