A History of the Ptolemaic Empire

A History of the Ptolemaic Empire

by Gunther Holbl, G?nther H?lbl, Guenther Hoelbl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415234891

ISBN-13: 9780415234894

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415234894
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations and references
Introduction1
Pt. IThe beginning and the golden age of Ptolemaic rule7
1Alexander the Great and Ptolemy I Soter (332-282)9
2The empire under the second and third Ptolemies (288-222)35
3Royal ideology and religious policy from Alexander the Great to Ptolemy III77
Pt. IIChange and decline of the Hellenistic state of the Ptolomies125
4Foreign policy and dynastic history from Ptolemy IV to the 'Day of Eleusis' (221-168)127
5Domestic resistance and the Pharaonic state in Thebes (206-186)153
6The sacred kingship from Ptolemy IV until the early years of Ptolemy VI160
Pt. IIIThe Ptolemic kingdom under the shadow of Roman power179
7History of the kingdom and dynasty from the withdrawal of Antiochos IV to the interlude of Ptolemy XI (168-80)181
8The final period: Egypt in the political designs of Roman leaders (80-30)222
9Religious culture and divine kingship from Ptolemy VI to Cleopatra VII257
Epilogue: Fundamentals of the development of the Ptolemaic kingdom304
Bibliographical supplement313
AppOverview of the events discussed in the history of the Ptolemaic kingdom318
Stemma 1The Ptolemic family to Ptolemy V354
Stemma 2The Ptolemic family from Ptolemy V to the end of their history356
Stemma 3Marriage ties between the Ptolemaic women and the Seleukid court beginning in the mid-second century358
Index360
Map 1The Ptolemaic empire as a great power in the eastern Mediterranean basin374
Map 2Ptolemaic Egypt376
Map 3Alexandria in 30 B.C.378

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