The reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (282-246 B.C.) would be the height of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, and his capital of Alexandria would become one of the most prosperous economic and intellectual centers in the world. Its wealth, in conjunction with Ptolemy's meddling in foreign affairs would invite conflict both from the neighboring Seleucid Empire in the 1st and 2nd Syrian War, and from within via the likes of Magas of Cyrene, testing the mettle of what one scholar calls "the Mediterranean superpower of the early-middle 3rd century B.C."
Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)
The History of Egypt Podcast
Website/Episode Notes (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/035-ptolemaic-egypt-war-peace-in-the-birdcage-of-the-muses/)
Bookmark Contest Preview (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ptolemy-bookmark.jpg?w=317&h=423)
Ptolemaic Family Tree