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