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Origin of the Name Ptolemy

I don't know the etymology or origin of this very interesting name Ptolemy. Ptolemy I (Soter) was not the first prominent "Greek" by that name. Hasmonian and Herodian period histories are laced with leading figures named Ptolemy, such as the Chief Steward of Herod the Great, and the Seleucid governor and assassin of Simon brother of Judas Maccabee. The Ptolemies in Egypt were certainly patrons of the Ptah/Khnum cult, but don't know if there is an actual linguistic connection between Ptol and Ptah.

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