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Short Biography, Information & Facts about Ptolemy I Soter, the famous pharaoh and king of Egypt

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The term pharaoh was the title of an ancient Egyptian king who was considered to be a living god and worshipped as a deity. The pharaoh was an absolute ruler of Egypt, both the political and religious leader. 

Short Biography of the life of Ptolemy I Soter
The history, facts and information about Ptolemy I Soter, a famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Ptolemy:

  • Ptolemy was also known as Ptolemy I Soter
  • He earned the name Soter  meaning Saviour after defeating Antigonus on Rhodes in 304BC
  • Egyptian Period / Kingdom: First Pharaoh of the Ptolemaic Dynasty (332 BC - 30 BC)
  • Name of Previous Pharaoh: The Persian King Darius III 336 BC - 332 BC of the Thirty-first Egyptian Dynasty

  • Years of Reign: (305 BC-283 BC)
  • Succeeded by: Ptolemy II Philadelphus (283 BC-246 BC)
  • Family
    • Father: There are 2 different suggestions regarding who was the father of Ptolemy
      • His father was Lagus a Macedonian nobleman
      • There was also a rumour that he married Arsinoe when she was already pregnant with Ptolemy by King Philip II - this notion would have given additional credence to the Ptolemaic Dynasty Ptolemy I would then have been the illegitimate son of Philip II of Macedonia and the half brother of Alexander the Great
    • Mother: His mother was Arsinoe of Macedonia who was originally a concubine of Philip II, king of Macedonia
    • Wives of Ptolemy Soter:
      • Thas
      • Artakama
      • Euryrdice
      • Berenice
    • Children: Ptolemy II Philadelphus
  • Year of Death: 283BC
  • Biography and accomplishments or why Ptolemy I was famous: He was a trusted general of Alexander the Great. When Alexander conquered Egypt he made Ptolemy the ruler of the country and he established the Greek Ptolemaic Dynasty who ruled from 332 BC - 30 BC. All of his male successors were called Ptolemy and all of his female successors were called Cleopatra. Although a Greek the Ptolemies embraced the Egyptian culture, gods and civilisation.
  • He founded the Great Library of Alexandria which contained all the knowledge of the Ancient civilisations, but was destroyed by the Romans. He also wrote a biography of Alexander the Great

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