The Ptolemies: The Last of the Pharaohs

Incest, Intrigue and Bloodshed under the Ptolemies and Cleopatras

Sarah Griffiths 

Following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, a succession of kings called Ptolemy ruled Egypt for nearly 300 years, presiding over one of the most remarkable and complex periods in Egyptian history. 
This was an era of unprecedented change for Egyptian culture and society as the new dynasty used religion and tradition to increase their power and wealth, and their new cosmopolitan capital, Alexandria, with its world famous library, became the cultural and economic centre of the ancient world. 
And yet the House of Ptolemy was a family at war with itself, a complex tangle of relationships based on incest, bitter sibling rivalries, corruption, intrigue and murder, set against a backdrop of foreign wars, civil unrest and the growing influence of Rome. 
Sarah Griffiths will paint a vivid picture of Egypt’s last ancient dynasty, from Ptolemy I to the famous Cleopatra VII, revealing the absorbing family dramas, exploring their distinctive art and architecture, daily life in Ptolemaic Egypt and the series of catastrophic events that led to the decline of the kingdom and its final annexation by Rome. 

Days:   Tuesdays Time:   1-3pm
10 meetings from 22 January to 2 April 2019
Please note: half term: no class 19th February

Birch Community Centre, 
Brighton Grove, 
Manchester, M14 5JT 

PriceConcessionsMinimum No.Maximum No.

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with cheque payment to:  Sarah Griffiths, 50 Lymington Road, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 3EF 
Email: sarahgwen1 @ 

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