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Roger Bagnall and Jean Bingen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615780

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.001.0001

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Ptolemy III and Philae: Snapshot of a Reign, a Temple and a Cult

Ptolemy III and Philae: Snapshot of a Reign, a Temple and a Cult

(p.31) Chapter 2 Ptolemy III and Philae: Snapshot of a Reign, a Temple and a Cult
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter starts from a dedication of Ptolemy III Euergetes to Isis and Harpocrates in the Isis sanctuary of Philae, at the first cataract of the Nile. The inscription reflects a royal visit early in Ptolemy's reign, late in 245 or early in 244, after his campaign in Syria. The mention of the royal couple's small children and the inclusion of the child-god Harpocrates in the dedication underline the development of an ideology of the royal family as a domestic unit, in which the queen and children occupy an important role, shifting the focus away from the king in isolation.

Keywords:   ideology, monarchy, royal family, children, Harpocrates

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