Religion and Politics under the Ptolemies (300 BCE-215 BCE)


  • Athanasios Koutoupas



Ptolemies, Deification


The article examines the relation that is developed between the policy and the religion in Hellenistic Egypt during the period of the first four Ptolemies. It presents two levels of promotion of the practice of deification of the king: on the one hand the recognition of divine nature from the descendants of each king when he or she dies and on the other the recognition of divine nature from their subjects and the various civic communities during their life.


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How to Cite

Koutoupas, A. (2010). Religion and Politics under the Ptolemies (300 BCE-215 BCE). Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 39(2), 27–29.



Greco-Roman Religions in Focus