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Origin of the name PTOLEMY PHILOMETER.
Etymology of the name PTOLEMY PHILOMETER.
Meaning of the baby name PTOLEMY PHILOMETER.


PTOLEMY PHILOMETER.  Ptolemy (VI.) Philometer, "Mother Loving."  The son of Ptolemy Epiphanes.  He was born B.C. 187, and succeeded his father when six years old, reigning jointly with his mother Cleopatra.  The Syrian dominions of his empire were wrested from him on the death of the queen by Antiochus Epiphanes, upon whom his ministers declared war, but they were defeated together with the Egyptian army near lake Serbonis, B.C. 173.  The king of Syria then marched to Memphis, which he took B.C. 171, and capturing Ptolemy VI., declared himself his guardian.  Upon that Ptolemy Physcon proclaimed himself king of Egypt under the name of Euergetes II., and sent to Rome for assistance.  In the mean time Philometer married his sister Cleopatra, and agreed to reign jointly with his brother.  Alexandria being still besieged by Antiochus in B.C. 170, the Romans deputed the ambassador Popilias to cause the siege to be raised, and to that the king of Syria consented, but no until he had carried off nearly all the wealth of the country.  Peace between the two brothers was only restored for a time, for again war broke out, and the Romans interposing a second and a third time gave Egypt to Philometer, and Cyrene, Lybia, and Cyprus to Physcon.  This settlement was also unsatisfactory, and ultimately Ptolemy VI. defeated and conquered his brother, and then forgave and restored him to his dominions B.C. 154.  The subsequent history of Ptolemy was one of continual altercations.  He gave his daughter Cleopatra to the imposter Alexandra Bala, and endeavouring to support Demetrius Nicator, as king of Syria, was slain in battle at Antioch, B.C. 146, having reigned forty-one years, and was succeeded by his brother Ptolemy Physcon.  The temple of Edfu may have been rebuilt by this monarch, but it is uncertain, as the royal cartouch is left blank. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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