Ptolemaic Egyptian Antiquity Art Artefacts - Ptolemy - Photo Picture Image { 602 images } Created 28 Nov 2021

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The Ptolemaic Kingdom It was founded in 305 BC by Ptolemy I Soter, a companion of Alexander the Great, and lasted until the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BC. Ruling for nearly three centuries, the Ptolemy's were the longest and most recent Egyptian dynasty of ancient origin.After Alexander the Greats death in 323 BC, Ptolemy, a Macedonian who was one of Alexander's most trusted generals and confidants, won control of Egypt from his rivals and declared himself pharaoh. Although some statues from the early rule of Ptolemy are ancient Greek in style, the pictures show that that the Greek Ptolemy rulers and their Greek Macedonian elites adopted ancient Egyptian traditions. At first glance Ptolemaic stele look like their ancient Egyptian predecessors until it is noticed that hieroglyphic text are replaced or tide to bt ancient Greek writing. Ptolemaic Egyptians also adopted ancient Egyptian burial traditions with their own versions of sarcophagus and mummy masks. Although the mummy masks have recognisable faces these were not portraits of the deceased but were images of who the deceased have metamorphosed into. The Ptolemaic Egyptians also adopted ancient Egyptian gods like Osiris.

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