A History of the Ptolemaic Empire
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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PART I The beginning and the golden age of Ptolemaic rule
PART II Change and decline of the Hellenistic state of the Ptolomies
PART III The Ptolemic kingdom under the shadow of Roman power
Epilogue Fundamentals of the development of the Ptolemaic kingdom
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