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Is Ptolemy a living god?
Ptolemy I created a new god, Serapis, in an effort to blend elements of Greek and Egyptian religion. The Ptolemies adopted this tradition when Ptolemy II (the son of the first Ptolemy) declared himself a living god. This should give you an idea of how highly skilled the Ptolemies really were in their rule over Egypt.
How old was Ptolemy of Alexandria when he died?
Ptolemy battled with Julius Caesar for control of Egypt but was defeated at the Battle of the Nile in 47 BCE. He drowned, aged 15, while trying to escape the victorious Roman dictator.
Was Alexander the Great a Ptolemy?
Ptolemy I Soter (/ˈtɒləmi/; Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Σωτήρ, Ptolemaîos Sōtḗr “Ptolemy the Savior”; c. 367 BC – January 282 BC) was a Greek general, historian and companion of Alexander the Great of the Kingdom of Macedon in northern Greece who became ruler of Egypt, part of Alexander’s former empire.
What do we know about the life of Ptolemy?
The Life of Ptolemy As for the details of the life of Claudius Ptolemy, little is known and most is lost to history. Much of what is believed to be true about Ptolemy comes from texts that were written about him centuries after his death, and thus may not be accurate.
When did Ptolemy make his first astronomical observations?
He made astronomical observations from Alexandria in Egypt during the years AD 127 – 41. In fact the first observation which we can date exactly was made by Ptolemy on 26 March 127 while the last was made on 2 February 141.
Where was Ptolemy born and where was he born?
It was claimed by Theodore Meliteniotes in around 1360 that Ptolemy was born in Hermiou (which is in Upper Egypt rather than Lower Egypt where Alexandria is situated) but since this claim first appears more than one thousand years after Ptolemy lived, it must be treated as relatively unlikely to be true.
Who was Ptolemy in the time of Alexander the Great?
Ptolemaeus ( Πτολεμαῖος Ptolemaios) is a Greek name. It occurs once in Greek mythology, and is of Homeric form. It was common among the Macedonian upper class at the time of Alexander the Great, and there were several of this name among Alexander’s army, one of whom made himself pharaoh in 323 BC: Ptolemy I Soter,…