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(Πτολεμαῖος/Ptolemaîos). Personal name meaning 'warlike' (not 'hostile'), first recorded in Hom. Il. 4,228; the name occurred in Macedonia in the 5th and 4th cents. BC, from where it spread to Thessaly, still in the 4th cent. (IG IX 2, 598). It became prominent with the Lagid dynasty, and became common, not only in Egypt, where it may at fir…

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Ameling, Walter (Jena), Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale), Zahrnt, Michael (Kiel), Günther, Linda-Marie (Munich), Schottky, Martin (Pretzfeld), Matthaios, Stephanos (Cologne), Folkerts, Menso (Munich), Harmon, Roger (Basle), Hübner, Wolfgang (Münster), Holzhausen, Jens (Bamberg) et al., “Ptolemaeus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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