Heir of Ptolemy son of Lagus, Alexander the Great's general (who took Egypt over in 323BC), Ptolemy II Philadelphus reigned in Alexandria from 282 to 246. The greatest of the Hellenistic kings of his time, Philadelphus exercised power far beyond the confines of Egypt, while at his glittering royal court the Library of Alexandria grew to be a matchless monument to Greek intellectual life. In Egypt the Ptolemaic régime consolidated its power by encouraging immigration and developing settlement in the Fayum. This book examines Philadelphus' reign in a comprehensive and refreshing way. Scholars from the fields of Classics, Archaeology, Papyrology, Egyptology and Biblical Studies consider issues in Egypt and across Ptolemaic territory in the Mediterranean, the Holy Land and Africa.
Paul McKechnie, D.Phil. (1985) in Ancient History (University College, Oxford), is an Associate Professor of Ancient History in the Centre of Research Excellence in Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His books include The First Christian Centuries (IVP, 2002) and Thinking Like a Lawyer, the John Crook Festschrift (Brill, 2002).
Philippe Guillaume, D.Theol. (2002) in Old Testament (University of Geneva) is Privat Docent at the University of Bern (Switzerland). The rise of historical literature in the Bible is one focus of his research: Waiting for Josiah: the Judges (T&T Clark, 2004).
Institutes, academic libraries, specialists and students in Classics, Papyrology, Egyptology, Archaeology and Biblical Studies.