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Ptolemy IV Philopator


Coin of Ptolemy IV Philopator. British Museum, London (Britain). Photo Jona Lendering.
Coin of Ptolemy IV Philopator
(British Museum)
Ptolemy IV Philopator: king of the Ptolemaic Empire, ruled from 222 to 204.

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Ptolemy IV Philopator. Bust at the Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Jona Lendering.
Ptolemy IV (Louvre, Paris)

Main deeds:

  • 245 or 244: Born
  • Already as a young man, he is called Philopator, 'the man who loves his father'
  • Succeeds his father between 5 and 16 February 222; many relatives are killed (including his mother) by his ministers Agathocles and Sosibius
  • 221: First skirmishes of the Fourth Syrian War: Antiochus III the Great attacks the Ptolemaic possessions in Syria
  • 220: Ptolemy marries his sister Arsinoe III
  • 219: Antiochus reconquers Seleucia (the port of Antioch, which had been conquered by Ptolemy III in the Third Syrian War) and proceeds to the south
  • 13 June 217: Ptolemy's army defeats the Seleucid army at Raphia with an army that consists partly of native Egyptian soldiers
  • October 217: Peace is concluded; the Seleucid Empire keeps Seleucia. In Egypt, the victory is attributed to Isis and Serapis.
  • Revolts in Egypt; the Nubians conquer the Dodecaschoenus.
  • 9 October 210: Birth of Ptolemy V
  • October/November: Revolt of Horwennefer / Ankhwennefer
  • 29 November 205: Ptolemy V is made co-ruler
  • July or August 204: Death; Arsinoe is assassinated

Ptolemy IV Philopator. British Museum, London (Britain). Photo Jona Lendering.
Ptolemy IV Philopator
(British Museum)
Egyptian title: Iwaennetjerwymenkhwy Setepptah Userkara Sekhemankhamun; andkhdjet meryese ('Son of the divine benefactors, Chosen by Ptah, Mighty Ka of Ra, Living power of Amun; may he live forever, beloved of Isis'; the benefactors are Ptolemy III Euergetes and Berenice)

Succeeded by: Ptolemy V Epiphanes 

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