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Roman Mosaic of Ptolemaic Soldiers
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Roman Mosaic of Ptolemaic Soldiers

This scene is part of the Nile mosaic of Palestrina (c. 100 BCE), found in Palestrina, Italy. It portrays a group of Ptolemaic Greek soldiers in Egypt on the banks of the Nile. The soldiers are clad in typical Hellenistic equipment including...
Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery
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Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery

This opulent collection of Ptolemaic jewellery from Egypt probably belonged to a wealthy woman and was made between 225–175 BCE. The various pieces were made out of gold and are inlaid with a variety of precious stones. The collection...
Bearded Head of Ptolemaic Dynast
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Bearded Head of Ptolemaic Dynast

This roughly worked and approximately life-size marble portrait depicts a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty. The portrait was carved in Alexandria, Egypt, sometime during the 2nd Century BCE and is now part of the collection of the J. Paul...
Ptolemaic Blue Faience Bowl
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Ptolemaic Blue Faience Bowl

This blue bowl is an excellent example of Egyptian faience ware, and why it was so highly regarded in the ancient Mediterranean. Ancient Egyptian artisans had been producing high-quality faience for millennia by the time this bowl was produced...
Demotic Temple Oath from the Ptolemaic Period
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Demotic Temple Oath from the Ptolemaic Period

This piece of pottery with Demotic Egyptian text records an oath taken by Petasatet to declare his innocence in the case of cloth theft. This oath was taken before a priest of the Temple of Hathor on Dec. 6, 127 BCE. Temples played an important...
Head of a Ptolemaic King
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Head of a Ptolemaic King

This diorite head of an Egyptian king was depicted as Amun/Jupiter. Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BCE. From Egypt. (Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul, Turkey).
Carnelian Intaglio of a Ptolemaic Queen as Aphrodite
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Carnelian Intaglio of a Ptolemaic Queen as Aphrodite

Gem intaglio mounted on gold and framed by glass, emeralds and garnets. The draped and sceptred figure is thought to be a Ptolemaic queen. In her right arm, she bears the cornucopia of Aphrodite or Isis-Aphrodite. Egyptian, 1st century BCE...
Garnet Intaglio of a Ptolemaic Queen
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Garnet Intaglio of a Ptolemaic Queen

A carved garnet set in gold, depicting a Ptolemaic queen who is either Berenike II (r. 246-222 BCE) or Cleopatra I (r. 195-176 BCE). Created by the ancient artist Nikandros. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.
Ptolemaic Storage Jar
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Ptolemaic Storage Jar

This pottery jar was a storage vessel for funerary offerings and is thought to have once held some type of beef broth. On its surface, a beautiful floral pattern is painted. The jar was found in a Ptolemaic era tomb near Thebes, Egypt. The...
The Ptolemaic Dynasty of Ancient Egypt: From Ptolemy I to Cleopatra VII
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The Ptolemaic Dynasty of Ancient Egypt: From Ptolemy I to Cleopatra VII

The Ptolemaic dynasty in Ancient Egypt began under the rule of Ptolemy I Soter, whose goal was to make Egypt great again and he did that by putting the country back on solid economic and administrative footing, and it ended with Cleopatra...
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