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Title Ptolemy I Soter : a self-made man / edited by Timothy Howe
Published Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2018


Description 1 online resource (x, 196 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Ptolemy: a man of his own making / Waldemar Heckel -- Ptolemy and the destruction of the first regency / Edward Anson -- Building a dynasty: the families of Ptolemy I Soter / Sheila Ager -- The currency reforms and character of Ptolemy I Soter / Catharine Lorber -- Ptolemy I: politics, religion and the transition to Hellenistic Egypt / S.G. Caneva -- Ptolemy son of Lagos and the Egyptian elite / Gilles Gorre -- Kings don't lie: truthtelling, historiography and Ptolemy I Soter / Timothy Howe
Summary As the founder of the longest-lasting of all the Hellenistic kingdoms, not only was Ptolemy I an able soldier and ruler, he was also an historian and, in Egyptian eyes, a living god. His own inclination and experience facilitated continuous acts of self-creation in a variety of forms, whether literary, dynastic, artistic, or political. His work on Alexander and his campaigns was used by the later Alexander historians, and was one of Arrian's major sources for his Anabasis. In the pages of his own history, Ptolemy constructed a self-portrait characterized by military courage and deep friendship with Alexander. As ruler of the Egyptian kingdom, Ptolemy experienced an elevated model of kingship very different from the Macedonian one: he consciously embraced the divinity of the Pharaoh, a construct that had little to do with the real man who wore the crowns. This book, written by field experts in numismatics, gender, warfare, historiography, Egyptology and religion, examine the many ways in which Alexander the Great's most successful successor consciously made his own legacy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ptolemy I Soter, King of Egypt, -283 B.C.
Ptolemy I Soter, King of Egypt, -283 B.C.
Ptolemaios I. Ägypten, König v367-v283
Pharaohs -- Biography
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Egypt.
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Howe, Timothy, editor
ISBN 9781789250435