A History of the Ptolemaic Empire

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Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - History - 416 pages
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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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Contents

Inttoduction
1
PART I
7
IIlusteations
21
The empite undet the second and thitd Ptolemies
35
2A Ptolemaic cameo of Indian satdonyx with image
37
Royal ideology and teligious policy ftom Alexandet
77
bullhotns
97
Change and decline of the Hellenistic state of
125
Egypt in the political designs
222
The phataoh and the Egyptian sanctuattes
257
The Hellenistic king and the ofif es of the eponymous ptteses ftom
285
Epilogue Fundamentals of the development of the Ptolemaic kingdom
304
Bihliogtaphecal supplement
313
Appendix Ovenieu of the eventi discusted in the histosy of
325
The Ptolemic family to Ptolemy V
354
Index
360

to Cleopatta VII 257
140
Foteign policy and dynastic histoty ftom Ptolemy IV
147
The sacted kingship ftom Ptolemy IV until the eatly
160
PART III
179
Geogtaphic tetms
367
The Ptolemaic empite as a gteat powet in the eastetn
374
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Holbl is a Professor at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, and a scientific official at the Kunsthitorisches Museum in Vienna.

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