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King of Egypt Ptolemy I Soter
72 generations from the origin. Great x 70 grandfather.

Birth: 367 bce, ;
Death: 283 bce; ;
Age: 84

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  • King of Egypt - Dates: 323 bce-283 bce


Ptolemy I Soter (Greek: Πτολεμαίος Σωτήρ Ptolemaios Soter, 367 BC—283 BC) was a Macedonian general who became the ruler of Egypt (323 BC—283 BC) and founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty. In 305 BC he took the title of King.

He was the son of Arsinoe of Macedonia -- either by her husband Lagus, a Macedonian nobleman, or by her lover, Philip II of Macedon. Ptolemy was one of Alexander the Great's most trusted generals, and among the seven "body-guards" attached to his person. He was a few years older than Alexander, and his intimate friend since childhood. He may even have been in the group of noble teenagers tutored by Aristotle. He was with Alexander from his first campaigns, and played a principal part in the later campaigns in Afghanistan and India. At the Susa marriage festival in 324, Alexander had him marry the Persian princess Artacama, but we find no further mention of her. Later, after Alexander's death, Ptolemy married Thaïs, the famous Athenian hetaera and one of Alexander's companions in his conquest of the ancient world. Thaïs became his queen in Egypt, and even after he divorced her, she reportedly remained his friend, and kept the title of queen while in Memphis.

Berenice was mother to Ptolemy II.

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