The territorial ambitions of Ptolemy I

Meeus, Alexander

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Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: The age of the successors and the creation of the Hellenistic kingdoms (323 - 276 B.C.)
The title of a journal, publication series: Studia Hellenistica
Volume: 53
Issue number: 53
Page range: 263-306
Publisher: Hauben, Hans
Place of publication: Leuven ; Paris ; Bristol
Publishing house: Peeters
ISBN: 978-90-429-2958-6
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Alte Geschichte, Archäologie (Mann 2011-)
Subject: 930 History of the ancient world to ca. 499, archaeology
Abstract: The vast majority of modern scholars hold that very soon or even immediately after Alexander’s death Ptolemy became a separatist who wanted to secede the satrapy of Egypt from the Macedonian empire. His conquest of areas outside Egypt is then interpreted as defensive imperialism. This article will question that assumption, and argue that it is more likely that Ptolemy was not less ambitious, but simply more careful than his rivals. The combination of his actions and his propaganda seems to suggest that like all other Successors, he wanted to become Alexander’s one and only true successor over the entire empire.

Dieser Datensatz wurde nicht während einer Tätigkeit an der Universität Mannheim veröffentlicht, dies ist eine Externe Publikation.

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