27- Keeping up with the Ptolemies

This week, we take a step back to discuss what’s been going on in Egypt while we’ve been looking at the Seleucid narrative. To do this, we’re going to dive into the infighting, cultural conflicts and rivalries of the Ptolemies…

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A reconstruction of the face of Ptolemy I ‘Soter’, based on a statue. Reproduced with permission from a video by Panayiotis Constantinou.