Ptolemy began the construction of Pharos, a li… Schachermeyr, Alex. Ptolemy Iby Mark Cartwright (CC BY-NC-SA). Among those fellow Macedonian officers who accompanied Alexander in his epic conquests from Greece to India was Ptolemy Lagides. For only $5 per month you can become a member and support our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. His book, however, was acknowledged as a primary source of information for later Roman historians.In The Lost Book of Alexander the Great, Andrew Young explores the world of ancient writings about the Macedonian leader in order to determine whether any of Ptolemy’s writings can be recovered. Writing the 'Anabasis' of Alexander (history of the campaigns of Alexander the Great) in the second century AD, Arrian of Nicomedia used Ptolemy's history as one of the two main sources. Amazingly, the only member of the Ptolemaic Dynasty to ever learn Egyptian was Cleopatra VII. The Egyptians soon accepted the Ptolemies as the successors to the pharaohs of independent Egypt. The Legacy of Alexander the Great. Please note that content linked from this page may have different licensing terms. Her mother remains controversial, but Cleopatra was known to have referred to Ptolemy Alexander as her grandfather, and therefore Ptolemy XII’s wife, Cleopatra V Tryphaena is the likeliest candidate. In the first place, he uses Callisthenes' Deeds of Alexander and a sequel, because he has the correct chronology of the events and knows the names of the appointees. When Alexander died, Ptolemy’s generals divided the kingdom. Because he believed them to be the most reliable, Arrian based his biography on the works of Ptolemy I (366-282 BCE) and Aristobulus (c. 375-301 BCE). The Library was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world, but details about it are a mixture of history and legend. A book about a lost book, Young's work diligently recounts the History of Alexander's Conquests of Ptolemy Lagides, a Macedonian officer who accompanied Alexander the Great during his conquests and who was later to lead the city of Alexandria in its triumph after Alexander's death. Among those fellow Macedonian officers who accompanied Alexander in his epic conquests from Greece to India was Ptolemy Lagides. This new religion was a combination of both Greek and Egyptian influences, although the Egyptians saw it as more Greek than Egyptian. Although older than Alexander and many of the other generals who followed Alexander into Persia, he still became a close friend, advisor and later one of his seven personal bodyguards. When Alexander died in 323 BC, the fate of the empire was left in the hands of Perdiccas, the cavalry leader, who had been handed Alexander’s signet ring on the king’s deathbed, a possible transference of power. Reign of Ptolemy I (366 BCE – 282 BCE). B. Ptolemy was completely against this idea and led a campaign to divide the empire among the leading generals. The Ancient History Encyclopedia logo is a registered EU trademark. The Great vs. the Savior. Unit #4 QUIZZES. Young's text is an important addition to the historic saga, particularly because Ptolemy's is the only recoverable text in that earlier time period. 17 Jan 2021. In Persepolis, Ptolemy was linked to the burning of the city. (British Museum, London) As an amuetur historuan, I have read many accounts of Alexander the Great but I’ve never heard anything about his sister other than her name and her marriage to Alexander I. I’ll have to read on her further. Alexander the GreatKing Phillip II was Alexander's father. It became the center of Hellenistic culture. ]—died c. 160, Athens? The Museum – Library of Alexandria was likely created during his reign, or his successor Ptolemy II.