GREEK. Ptolemaic Kingdom.
Ptolemy II Philadelphos (282-246 BC)
Head of Alexander/Eagle Left
Ptolemy II Philadelphus
Ptolemy II Philadelphus, which means 'Brother/Sister-loving', was the second
ruler of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. His construction efforts included that of
building the canal that linked the Nile to the Gulf of Suez. He was married to
his full sister Arsinoe II. He also began a tradition of a four-yearly
celebration to honor his father. It was intended to have a status equal to the
Olympic games. According to the "Letter of Aristeas", Ptolemy II requested 70
Jewish scholars come from Jerusalem to translate the Pentateuch into a Greek
version to be placed into the Great Library collection. He died on January 29,
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