Ptolemy of Egypt

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1994 Hardcover First Edition Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 0415100208. Slight creasing to sections of DJ.; 0.55 x 8.58 x 5.59 Inches; 104 pages; The first biography of Ptolemy ... in any language, Walter Ellis' study charts in detail this ancient ruler's extraordinary achievements both in and beyond Egypt and within the period between the death of Alexander the Great's empire and the birth of the Hellenistic state. It was during this time that a great number of powerful and ambitious men were jockeying for control of Alexander's fragmented empire with Ptolemy at the forefront of the struggle. Of these figures, Walter Ellis argues, Ptolemy was the most important. He established the first, most influential and longest-lasting of all the Hellenistic dynasties. He made Alexandria, his capital, the most significant city of its day and the intellectual center of the Western world. Under his reign, the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the world, was constructed as was a library which contained a collec Read more Show Less

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Ptolemy was the creator of the longest lasting of the Hellenistic kingdoms. He created a state whose cultural importance was unparalleled until the coming of Rome. He encouraged the erection of the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as creating a library which eventually contained the greatest collection of books until relatively recent times. Ptolemy's institution of higher learning, the Museum, gave birth to the greatest advancements in science before the seventeenth century of our own era.
In this work, the first biography of Ptolemy in any language, Professor Ellis charts Ptolemy's extraordinary achievements in and beyond Egypt in the context of the fragmentation of Alexander's enormous empire and the creation of the Hellenistic state.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415100205
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps and plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
List of ancient sources
1 In the Shadow of Alexander 1
2 Ptolemy the Historian 17
3 The Successors 23
4 Ptolemy as Satrap 28
5 The War With Perdiccas 36
6 The War With Antigonus 41
7 Ptolemy the King 52
Epilog 64
The family of Ptolemy 71
Chronological table 72
Glossary of personal names 74
Notes 85
Select bibliography 93
Index 99
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