Ptolemaic Period


Ptolemaic Period
(323–30 BC)
   The term used by Egyptologists for the period during which Egypt was ruled by the Macedonian general Ptolemy I and his descendants. The beginning of the period varies, as Ptolemy was in charge from 323 BC, but he did not openly assume independent rule until 305 BC. Many temples from Upper Egypt erected or refurbished by the Ptolemies survive; however, the government was continued from Alexandria by the Greek ruling class, and Egyptian culture, although respected, remained secondary to the interests of the rulers.
   See also Ptolemy II – Ptolemy XV.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ptolemaic — is the adjective formed from the name Ptolemy.This adjective is usually used in one of two ways: *To describe the Egyptian dynasty founded in 305 BC by Ptolemy I Soter *To describe the writings of Claudius Ptolemaeus, the 2nd century AD… …   Wikipedia

  • Ptolemaic Kingdom — Infobox Former Country conventional long name = Ptolemaic Kingdom common name = Ptolemaic Kingdom continent = Africa region = Mediterranean country = Egypt government type = Monarchy p1 = Macedon s1 = History of Roman Egypt year start = 305 BC… …   Wikipedia

  • Ptolemaic dynasty — The Ptolemaic dynasty (sometimes also known as the Lagids, from the name of Ptolemy I s father, Lagus) was a Hellenistic Macedonian royal family which ruled the Ptolemaic Empire in Egypt for nearly 300 years, from 305 BC to 30 BC.Ptolemy, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Ptolemaic — /tol euh may ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy. 2. of or pertaining to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt. [1665 75; < Gk Ptolemaikós of Ptolemy, equiv. to Ptolema(îos)… …   Universalium

  • Ptolemaic — Ptol•e•ma•ic [[t]ˌtɒl əˈmeɪ ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) of or pertaining to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy 2) anh of or pertaining to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt • Etymology: 1665–75; < Gk Ptolemaikós of… …   From formal English to slang

  • History of Ptolemaic Egypt — Ptolemaic Egypt began when Ptolemy I Soter declared himself Pharaoh of Egypt in 305 BC and ended with the death of queen Cleopatra of Egypt and the Roman conquest in 30 BC. The Ptolemaic Kingdom was a powerful Hellenistic state, extending from… …   Wikipedia

  • Graeco-Roman Period — (332 BC–642 AD)    A term used by Egyptologists for the entire span of rule by the Greeks and later the Romans in Egypt. It is usually divided into the Ptolemaic Period, Roman Period, and Byzantine Period. Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt… …   Ancient Egypt

  • Roman Period — (30 BC–395 AD)    The term used by Egyptologists to designate the period when Egypt was under the direct rule of Roman emperors in Rome whose representative, the prefect of Egypt, was the effective governor of the country. Egypt was regarded as… …   Ancient Egypt

  • Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period — The Temple Mount …   Wikipedia

  • Hellenistic period — This article focuses on the historical aspects of the Hellenistic age; for the cultural aspects see Hellenistic civilisation. The Hellenistic period describes the era which followed the conquests of Alexander the Great. During this time, Greek… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.