Life portraits: Royals and people in a globalizing world

Meeus, Alexander

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2019
Book title: A companion to Greco-Roman and late antique Egypt
The title of a journal, publication series: Blackwell companions to the ancient world
Page range: 89-99
Publisher: Vandorpe, Katelijn
Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ [u.a.]
Publishing house: Wiley Blackwell
ISBN: 978-1-118-42847-4 , 978-1-118-84280-5
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Alte Geschichte, Archäologie (Mann 2011-)
Subject: 930 History of the ancient world to ca. 499, archaeology
Abstract: Contacts between Egypt and Greece go back much longer than the Ptolemies, of course, as does Greek fascination with a land that “has the most wonders, and everywhere presents works beyond description”. But after Alexander's conquest those contacts hugely increased, and soon the Romans came on the scene too. One may thus speak of globalization or a globalizing world in a broad sense, and in that sense only. The first Ptolemy arrived as an immigrant himself, at a time when the land probably showed very little sign of the new Greco‐Macedonian presence. When Ptolemy made peace with Demetrius and married off his daughter Ptolemais to him, he still required hostages from Demetrius, and Pyrrhus was among those selected. For all the freedom and privileges a royal hostage like Pyrrhus enjoyed at the Ptolemaic court, the situation of the many prisoners of war who were brought to Egypt would have been very different.

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