Ptolemy II Philadelphus and His World
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 rA(c)gime 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.
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This is a superb work of scholarship! It fills a period in the historical record that augments our Oriental Aramaic inscriptions. The Hellenistic Period in the Temple State of Judea cannot be understood, unless one knows what is happening in Alexandria under the early Ptolemies. This will enrich our understand of Ecclesiastes in our Jewish canon.
The price is right for such a work of competent scholarship ($225.00)! I encourage all to buy and read this learned treatise by astute scholars of Greek Alexandrian learning.
John E.D.P. Malin, Chairman of the Board of Informatica Corporation, Cecilia, Louisiana 70521.