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Origin of the name PTOLEMY EPIPHANES.
Etymology of the name PTOLEMY EPIPHANES.
Meaning of the baby name PTOLEMY EPIPHANES.


PTOLEMY EPIPHANES.  Ptolemy (V.) Epiphanes.  The son of Ptolemy Philopater, whom he succeeded when only five years of age, B.C. 205.  His accession to the throne was followed by a fearful riot in Alexandria, which resulted in the death of Agathocles, the prime minister, and Agathoclea the mistress, of the late king, together with all their adherents.  Taking advantage of his youth, and the troubled condition of Egypt, Antiochus, king of Syria, and Philip V., king of Macedon, endeavoured to dismember the empire of Egypt; but the Egyptian ministers applied to the Roman Senate for aid, and by their assistance the enemies were repulsed, B.C. 202, and Marcus Lepidus sent as governor to Egypt over King Ptolemy.  In B.C. 198 however, Antiochus conquered Coele-Syria, and Palestine, and by the advice of the Roman Senate Ptolemy was declared of age, and crowned at Memphis, B.C. 197, soon after which the famous decree, now known by the name of the Rosetta Stone, was set up in his honour by the Egyptian clergy.  Peace was then concluded between the kings of Syria and Egypt, and Ptolemy married Cleopatra, the daughter of Antiochus, receiving Palestine and Coele-Syria as her dowry.  He assisted the Romans still in their war with his father-in-law, and entered into the Achaean League, B.C. 187.  Finding the colonies of Egypt nearly all fallen off, except Cyprus and Cyrene, he planned an attack upon Coele-Syria, which was only nominally in his power; but having no resources wherewith to pay his army, and his friends being apprehensive that he would make a levy upon them, he was assassinated by poison, B.C. 181.  His name merely occurs on a few temples in Egypt, and he does not appear to have executed any great works, or to have restored, or even repaired, any of the national edifices. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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