In the early third century BC, Ptolemaic Egypt had a reputation as a strong maritime power in the eastern Mediterranean. Ptolemy I Soter had not only gathered a strong fleet and loyal network of allies, but also compiled a surplus of resources that helped fuel the economy of the entire Mediterranean. However, by the latter half of the third century, the extant literary and epigraphical sources seem to indicate that Ptolemaic influence in the Eastern Mediterranean had begun to wane. This project reevaluates the modem interpretation of a decline in Ptolemaic sea power, and suggests that, as opposed to a decline, the sources reflect a shift in Ptolemaic maritime strategy. It also investigates the relationship between Egypt and her primary trade partner Rhodes, and highlights the ways in which Ptolemaic maritime strategy might have been affected by the growth of Rhodian imperialism.
|Commitee:||Chew, Kathryn, Kelleher, Marie A.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Classical Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Ancient history|
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