Ptolemy I Soter: A Self-Made Man

Ptolemy I Soter: A Self-Made Man

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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.The chapters in 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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Map of Hellenistic Egypt
Map of Hellenistic Kingdoms
1. Ptolemy: A Man of His Own Making
Waldemar Heckel
2. Ptolemy and the Destruction of the First Regency
Edward Anson
3. Building a Dynasty: The Families of Ptolemy I Soter
Sheila Ager
4. The Currency Reforms and Character of Ptolemy I Soter
Catherine Lorber
5. Ptolemy I: Politics, Religion and the Transition to Hellenistic Egypt
S. G. Caneva
6. Ptolemy Son of Lagos and the Egyptian Elite
Gilles Gorre
7. Kings Don't Lie: Truthtelling, Historiography and Ptolemy I Soter
Timothy Howe
Index

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