Saturday 15 January 2022 1400 UK Time:
Sarah Griffiths: 'Ptolemaic Girl Power: Arsinoё II, Berenice II and Cleopatra VII.'
The Ptolemaic Dynasty was a final flowering of pharaonic Egypt, but with a distinctive Greek flavour – a continuation of Egypt’s religious traditions by a foreign elite with their own Hellenistic culture and traditions. And yet the House of Ptolemy was a family at war with itself, a complex tangle of relationships based on sibling marriages that gave the formidable Ptolemaic queens positions of considerable power and influence but also contributed to dynastic instability. Sarah Griffiths will paint a vivid picture of the rise and fall of Egypt’s last ancient dynasty, exploring the lives of three of Egypt’s most powerful women set against a backdrop of corruption, intrigue, murder, foreign wars, civil unrest and the series of catastrophic events that led to the decline of the kingdom and its final annexation by Rome.
Sarah Griffiths is Deputy Editor of Ancient Egypt Magazine.