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Ptolemaic Dynasty
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The Ptolemies were the dynasty of Ptolemy I (376/366–282 bce; son of Lagos, hence also called the Lagids), a friend and general of Alexander the Great; they ruled Egypt (II, 1.g; III, 2) from Alexander’s death in 323 bce until its conquest by the Romans in 30 bce (Ptolemy received the satrapy of Egypt in June of 323). The founder of the dynasty, on whose initiative the museum and library of Alexandria (I) were established, was followed by his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus (“Sister-loving”; c. 308 bce, Cos – 246 bce; made co-regent in 285, became king in 283), the actual …

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Modrzejewski, Joseph Mélèze, “Ptolemaic Dynasty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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