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Ptolemaic Empire

external image Ac.ptolemy.jpgBronze coin bearing the image of King Ptolemy I, founder of the Ptolemaic Empire of Egypt.

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The green shaded region was the dominion of the Ptolemaic Empire in 270 BCE

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Technology

Our technological innovations, although not exceptionally great, were nevertheless effective and important. After taking over Egypt in 332 BCE, we introduced new methods of irrigation for Nile farming, and we also improved the irrigation systems also present to maximize agricultural efficiency. We also made significant improvements in the textile, salt, and beer industries, inventing new ways of fermenting beer, purifying salt, and making higher quality cloth. We also built such famous structures as the Lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Other prominent buildings included the Alexandrian Museum and Library, two of the best places to study and research in ancient times.

Culture

As our Ptolemaic Empire was a part of the greater Hellenistic world, Greek culture was very prevalent in our society. Before the founding of the Ptolemaic Empire, Greek culture was not as prominent, but it was still present in Egypt. Greek styles of dressing was fashionable amongst the Ptolemaic upper class. Our wealthy citizens also enjoyed reading Greek literature and studied Greek philosophy, as our Alexandrian Library contained thousands of volumes of various writings in Greek. We imported Greek commodities such as olives and olive oil to continue the traditions and stay consistent with our Greek heritage.

Religion

The major religion of our Ptolemaic empire was the Egyptian paganism that was prevalent since the Old Kingdom. Most of our subjects were adherents to this religion and believed that the Pharaoh was the son of Amun, the god of the sun. We also believed in an afterlife, the god of which was Anubis. We believed that mummification was necessary for the continuation of life after death, although we did not build huge tombs like our predecessors that constructed the Great Pyramids that Egypt is so famous for.

Blog

Blog Entry One: 323 BCE. Alexander the Great has just passed away. The entire empire is in disarray. No one knows what's gonna happen, who's gonna take over, how we're gonna split up the land. Well, in all this confusion, I, Ptolemy I, satrap of Egypt, have got to figure out a way to come to power and get some land for myself. This is the perfect opporunity, since no one knows what's going on and I can sneak into power unnoticed.
Blog Entry Two: 305 BCE. I am finally taking over Egypt officially and creating the Ptolemaic Empire, in honor of myself, Ptolemy I Soter. This is a peaceful takeover, and I'm not doing this with an army or anything. However, I did have to defend my land from Perdiccas sixteen years ago in 321 BCE. He tried to conquer me, so I had to fight back. It was a simple situation of self-defense. Anyway, now I'm gonna get back to being Pharaoh.
Blog Entry Three: 283 BCE Sweet! My father died and now I am the pharaoh. I didn't kill him or anything, but I, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, am now the sun of Amun. And check out the huge empire my dad left me! It stretches all the way from Nubia in the south to Cyprus in the north. And I now own some of the Aegean islands too. My empire is so rich and prosperous from my father's hard work. I'm gonna just keep on making us wealthier, and I'm also going to finance lots of literary and scientific work at the Alexandrian library. I just love supporting academics.
=The Wall=Antigonid Empire - Creating a strong trading union between our two empires sounds like a mutually beneficial idea. Our agricultural output is fairly low due to the rocky conditions of the Balkan Pennisula, trading wiht you could prove to be the answer to our problems. We could provide you with olives and wine as you have stated, but we could also provide a stronger link to the culture and goods of your homeland in Greece and Macedonia. I look forward to our cooperation in the future.
Major language was Greek.