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(Πτολεμαῖα/Ptolemaîa). A festival celebrated as an element of the ruler cult in honour of Ptolemy [1] I Soter and his successors. The first Ptolemaia were probably established in 282 BC in Alexandria - after the death of Ptolemy - by Ptolemy [3] II Philadelphus with the participation of theōroí (Theoria) of Athens (SEG 38,60; [1. 132 f.]; with regard to the dating [2. 50-56]). From 279 BC they were celebrated as a festival that took place every four years; an invitation to attend was sent to the Nesiotic League (Nesiotai [2]; Syll.3 390) among others. From then on, nu…

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Price, Simon R. F. (Oxford), “Ptolemaia”, 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 03 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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