Ptolemy I and the succession issue

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Ptolemy I set aside his eldest son Ptolemy Ceraunus and instead made his younger son Ptolemy (by Berenice) his successor. Various explanations have been advanced, but none is compelling. In this article, I put forward two hitherto unexplored avenues: first, Ptolemy's relations with Eurydice and Berenice, and second, Ceraunus' own ambitions as they pertained to mastery of Greece and Macedonia. The latter especially led Ptolemy, motivated by his own failures in trying to secure Greece and how they compromised the security of his rule, to view Ceraunus as overly ambitious, and so prefer the less military-minded younger Ptolemy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-241
Number of pages6
JournalHermes: Zeitschrift für klassische Philologie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Berenice
  • Ceraunus
  • Egypt
  • Eurydice
  • Ptolemy I
  • Ptolemy II


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