A History of the Ptolemaic Empire

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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.

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'A fascinating introduction.' - Patricia Spencer, Egyptian Archaeology
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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
List of abbreviations and references
Introduction 1
Pt. I The beginning and the golden age of Ptolemaic rule 7
1 Alexander the Great and Ptolemy I Soter (332-282) 9
2 The empire under the second and third Ptolemies (288-222) 35
3 Royal ideology and religious policy from Alexander the Great to Ptolemy III 77
Pt. II Change and decline of the Hellenistic state of the Ptolomies 125
4 Foreign policy and dynastic history from Ptolemy IV to the 'Day of Eleusis' (221-168) 127
5 Domestic resistance and the Pharaonic state in Thebes (206-186) 153
6 The sacred kingship from Ptolemy IV until the early years of Ptolemy VI 160
Pt. III The Ptolemic kingdom under the shadow of Roman power 179
7 History of the kingdom and dynasty from the withdrawal of Antiochos IV to the interlude of Ptolemy XI (168-80) 181
8 The final period: Egypt in the political designs of Roman leaders (80-30) 222
9 Religious culture and divine kingship from Ptolemy VI to Cleopatra VII 257
Epilogue: Fundamentals of the development of the Ptolemaic kingdom 304
Bibliographical supplement 313
App Overview of the events discussed in the history of the Ptolemaic kingdom 318
Stemma 1 The Ptolemic family to Ptolemy V 354
Stemma 2 The Ptolemic family from Ptolemy V to the end of their history 356
Stemma 3 Marriage ties between the Ptolemaic women and the Seleukid court beginning in the mid-second century 358
Index 360
Map 1 The Ptolemaic empire as a great power in the eastern Mediterranean basin 374
Map 2 Ptolemaic Egypt 376
Map 3 Alexandria in 30 B.C. 378
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