Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his world

Paul McKechnie (Editor), Philippe Guillaume (Editor)

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Heir of Ptolemy son of Lagus, Alexander the Great's general (who took Egypt over in 323BC), Ptolemy II Philadelphus reigned in Alexandria from 282 to 246. The greatest of the Hellenistic kings of his time, Philadelphus exercised power far beyond the confines of Egypt, while at his glittering royal court the Library of Alexandria grew to be a matchless monument to Greek intellectual life. In Egypt the Ptolemaic rigime consolidated its power by encouraging immigration and developing settlement in the Fayum. This book examines Philadelphus' reign in a comprehensive and refreshing way. Scholars from the fields of Classics, Archaeology, Papyrology, Egyptology and Biblical Studies consider issues in Egypt and across Ptolemaic territory in the Mediterranean, the Holy Land and Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages488
ISBN (Print)9789004170896
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameMnemosyne : supplements. History and archaeology of classical antiquity


  • Ptolemy King of Egypt. II Philadelphus
  • Egypt--History--332-30 B.C.


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