Ptolemy VI. Philometor

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Ptolemy VI. Philometor

After Ptolemy V's death, his underage son Ptolemy VI. Philometor came to the throne, whom his guardians ruled in Alexandria instead.

The sixth Syrian war

The sixth Syrian war broke out between Egypt and Syria at the time of the third Macedonian war, which was led by the Romans against Perseus. Antiochus IV. (brother of Cleopatra I, the widow of the King) invaded Egypt. Egyptian envoys set out to the Roman Senate then and they achieved the intervention of the Romans, who forced Antiochus IV. out of Egypt.

Ptolemy VI. ruled in Egypt with his sister and wife Cleopatra II then. His brother reigned over Cyrene, but he wasn't satisfied with it and demanded to entrust the Cyprus to him at the Roman Senate. The Senate granted the request of the younger Ptolemy, but Ptolemy VI. refused to give him the Cyprus.

The Roman Senate provided the younger Ptolemy with 5 envoys, who transported him to Cyprus on war ships. But Ptolemy VI. nevertheless captured his brother. On the other hand he acted indulgently to him, let him keep Cyrene administration and promised him to marry him off with his daughter Cleopatra III.

Cleopatra II Cleopatra III
Cleopatra II Cleopatra III

Ptolemy VI Philometor

Ptolemy VI. Philometor

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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