By Joyce E. Salisbury
An huge and engaging selection of tales that includes either well-known and daily ladies, giving a well-rounded view of the lives of ladies within the historic world.
• Entries together with ladies from fable, faith, and legend together with Eve, Aphrodite, the earth goddess Gaea, Helen of Troy, and Isis
• Entries prepared via different types reminiscent of Greece, Rome, Christian, and northern Europe for ease of research
• Many infrequent and revealing pictures together with a procession of virgin martyrs, ca. A.D. 560
• pictures of historic sculptures together with a Minoan snake goddess, ca. 1600 B.C.; a variety of maps of historical Greece and Mesopotamia; and an outline of the Hellenistic monarchies
• Genealogical charts of the Herodian relations, the kin of Augustus, and the Julio-Claudian house
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On the finish of his existence, the previous king needed to struggle a struggle opposed to the Seleucid dynasty of Syria. during the battles, Lysimachus died and his armies defected to Seleucus; Arsinoë was once now not secure in her urban and built a technique to flee: She dressed as a beggar, rubbing dust on her face, and dressed her maid in her royal gown. the unlucky maid was once killed by means of males who proposal she was once the queen, whereas Arsinoë escaped to shore the place ships sped her and her 3 kids to Macedonia. She had nice wealth and will have lived in retirement, however the Hellenistic queens have been seldom prepared to be faraway from the facilities of strength. Arsinoë was hoping her son Ptolemy will be capable of take the throne of Macedonia with assistance from her brother, the king of Egypt. despite the fact that, a brand new basic rose as much as declare the Macedonian throne—Arsinoë’s half-brother Ceraunus. Ceraunus despatched Arsinoë a message providing to marry her, make her queen of Macedonia, and undertake her little ones so younger Ptolemy will be his inheritor. She and her son have been suspicious of his offer—Ptolemy fled the town prior to the pretender’s arrival, and Arsinoë insisted that she be proclaimed queen by means of the military prior to commencing the town gates. Ceraunus consented and Arsinoë heard herself hailed queen of Macedonia as she threw open the gates. She must have been extra prudent—Ceraunus marched into town and killed her more youthful young children as they clung to their mom for cover. unusually, Arsinoë lived and escaped to Egypt to the security of her brother the king. There her targets have been ultimately fulfilled. inside of her brother’s loved ones, Arsinoë II first accused her stepdaughter Arsinoë I, her brother’s spouse, of plotting opposed to him. Her brother Ptolemy believed her, exiled his spouse, and in approximately 265 B. C. married his complete sister Arsinoë II; she used to be now queen of Egypt. the wedding of brother and sister used to be conventional between Egyptian pharaohs yet forbidden one of the Greeks and Macedonians. This act started to flow the Macedonian dynasty of the Ptolemies towards the conventional Egyptian rulers, and to notice this, Ptolemy II and his sister have been referred to as Philadelphus, this means that “sibling-lover. ” a brand new mixing used to be happening that may aid form this new robust dynasty of Egypt. The bust of Arsinoë II proven in determine 2 exhibits the recent queen donning the headdress of the normal Egyptian rulers. She can be portrayed within the Egyptian demeanour with eye make-up and possibly a shaved head. This therapy of the determine exhibits that the Greek queen has turn into an Egyptian one. Arsinoë II served as queen of Egypt for less than 5 years, and historians have disagreed on what percentage of the accomplishments of Ptolemaic Egypt at the moment have been as a result of her effect or her brother’s rule. The reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus and his sister-wife is remembered for numerous accomplishments. One is the linking of the Macedonian dynasty with the Egyptian culture (shown in determine 2). one other is a chain of army victories that allowed Egypt to win the Syrian battle (between 276 and 274 B.