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Ptolemy of Egypt [Kindle Edition]

Walter M. Ellis
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415100208
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415100205
  • Edition: 1
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Ptolemy was the creator of the longest lasting of the Hellenistic kingdoms. He created a state whose cultural importance was unparalleled until the coming of Rome. He encouraged the erection of the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as creating a library which eventually contained the greatest collection of books until relatively recent times. Ptolemy's institution of higher learning, the Museum, gave birth to the greatest advancements in science before the seventeenth century of our own era.
In this work, the first biography of Ptolemy in any language, Professor Ellis charts Ptolemy's extraordinary achievements in and beyond Egypt in the context of the fragmentation of Alexander's enormous empire and the creation of the Hellenistic state.

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This study provides great details on this ancient ruler's is a recommended biography of interest to students of Greek and Ptolemaic history.
Frankie's Bibliography of Ancient Egypt

About the Author

Walter M. Ellis is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Dakota.

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  • File Size: 2979 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OT7WRG
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5.0 out of 5 stars ideal book about Ptolemy I May 4, 2000
This study provides great details on this ancient ruler's life. Although he lived part of it in the shadow of Alexander the Great, much is owed to Ptolemy I Soter : the birth of the Hellenistic state, the creation of the Museum, the addition of the Great Library and the Lighthouse to the city of Alexandria, as well as other extraordinary achievements both in and beyond Egypt. Alexandria, his capital, became known as an intellectual center. This book not only tells the story of a leader, but also of his satrapy, his kingship, his family, the wars he fought, and his role during Alexander the Great's reign. With several black and white pictures, it is a recommended biography of interest to students of Greek and Ptolemaic history.
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Well done simple overview of a man whose life altered all ours 2000 years later
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