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Ptolemy I (Ptolemy Soter)

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Born: 367? AD
Died: 283 AD.

Nationality: Macedonian
Categories: General

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323 BC - Ptolemy was born.

318 BC - His first occupation of Syria and he established at the same time a protectorate over the petty kings of Cyprus.

312 BC - Ptolemy and Seleucus, the fugitive satrap of Babylonia, both invaded Syria, and defeated Demetrius Poliorcetes, the son of Antigonus, in the Battle of Gaza.

324 BC - At the Susa marriage festival, Alexander had him marry the Persian princess Atacama.

323 BC - When Alexander died, Ptolemy is said to have instigated the resettlement of the empire made at Babylon.

321 BC - Perdiccas invaded Egypt. Ptolemy decided to defend the Nile, and Perdiccas's attempt to force it ended in fiasco, with the loss of 2000 men.

295 BC - 294 BC - He lost what he held in Greece, but reconquered Cyprus. Cyrene, after a series of rebellions, was finally subjugated about 300 and placed under his stepson Magas.

285 BC -  Ptolemy abdicated in favour of one of his younger sons by Berenice - Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who had been co-regent for three years.

283 BC - Ptolemy I Soter died at the age of 84. Shrewd and cautious, he had a compact and well-ordered realm to show at the end of forty years of war.


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