The Ptolemies, Rise of a Dynasty
Ptolemaic Egypt 330–246 BC
Imprint: Pen and Sword History
320 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 16 color
- September 2022
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The empire outside Egypt was acquired, perhaps for defense, perhaps by sheer greed. Ptolemy took over Cyrenaica (with difficulty), Cyprus and Syria/Palestine. These had to be defended against his rivals, hence the development of his navy, and the Syrian Wars.
The succession was carefully managed, but was not directly hereditary (Ptolemy II was not the eldest son), and the new king was very different. He fought repeated wars in Syria, and in the Aegean, built up his navy to the greatest seen in the ancient world, and extended his empire into the lands of the Red Sea, Sudan and Ethiopia. He taxed the Egyptians mercilessly to fund all these activities. Yet few of his wars were successful, and he stored up trouble for his successors.
“Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation… an ideal introduction to the creation and rise of Ptolemaic era of Egypt and will leave readers looking forward to the next two volumes from the research studies of John Grainger.” ~Midwest Book Review