Tag: Alexandria

Ptolemy IV Philopater

It’s high time I continued posting the series about the Ptolemies. I’ve gotten distracted posting about so many other subjects! Ptolemy IV Philopater Excerpted from Olympos in Egypt   Ptolemy IV was born in 245 or 244 BCE. Already as a young man he was being called Philopater, “He who loves his father”. I couldn’t…

A History of My Shrines and Altars

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Like many Pagans, I’ve had various altars and shrines throughout the years. Putting altars together is an act of devotion in itself, carefully picking each piece for its symbolic significance as well as its aesthetic qualities. Shrines beautify a home and give you…

GMC: Ereshkigal

Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Great Below, or the Sumerian Underworld, is less well known today than Her brighter sister Inanna. The Underworld is also called Irkalla. Sometimes Her name is given as Irkalla, in the same way that in Greece Haides could signify both the Underworld and its ruler. Ereshkigal is the daughter of…

Ptolemy III Euergetes

Ptolemy III, who was given the title Euergetes, “Benefactor”, was born in 284 BCE. Euergetes married Berenike II of Cyrene (whom he was not related to). They had six children, including Ptolemy IV Philopater, who succeeded him. He was 30 years old when he became Pharaoh. His Egyptian title, which I’m never going to even…

GMC: Hathor

The sky and the stars make music to You. The sun and the moon praise You. The Gods exalt You. The Goddesses sing to You. The Temple of Dendera, Ptolemaic Period   The Egyptian Gods are collectively referred to as the Neteru, Netjeru or Netjer. Kemet is the real name for Egypt, which means “the…

Ptolemy II Philadelphus

  Although Ptolemy II later married his sister Arsinoe in the Egyptian tradition, his first wife is also named Arsinoe (It’s nearly impossible to keep them all separate!). Historians call his first wife Arsinoe I and his sister Arsinoe II in an effort to differentiate them. It was his first wife who bore him his…

Who was Ptolemy Soter?

This was originally published on the Neos Alexandriaqwebsite, but I thought it would be good to re-post it here too, since there is little information about Ptolemy out there.   Who was Ptolemy Soter? by Amanda Artemisia Forrester [Excerpted from the author’s class “Olympos in Egypt: An Introduction to the History of Alexandria, the Ptolemies,…

Serapis

Of all the Gods, Greek or Egyptian, most connected to Ptolemy Soter were Isis and Serapis. The Egyptian Osar-Apis (or Osiripis, Userhapi, Asar-Hapi), was in the Greek called Serapis (or Sarapis, Zaparrus). While building Alexandria, Ptolemy had a dream. He saw a large statue that commanded him to bring to bring it to Alexandria. Ptolemy…

the Ritual Last Night

Last night was the Temple’s official celebration of the Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria. I’ve said before that I consider Hypatia to be one of the ancestral spirits of this Temple, as one as one of my personal heroes. It was a great evening. Three other people were in attendance, including my adoptive mother. She…