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Ptolemee


Ptol’emee, or Ptoleme’us.

1. “The son of Dorymenes,” 1 Macc. 3:38; 2 Macc. 4:45; comp. Polyb. v. 61, a courtier who possessed great influence with Antiochus Epiphanes.

2. The son of Agesarchus, a Megalopolitan, surnamed Macron, 2 Macc. 10:12, who was governor of Cyprus during the minority of Ptolemy Philometor. He afterward deserted the Egyptian service to join Antiochus Epiphanes. He stood high in the favor of Antiochus, and received from him the government of Phœnicia and Cœle-Syra. 2 Macc. 8:8; 10:11, 12. On the accession of Antiochus Eupator his conciliatory policy toward the Jews brought him into suspicion at court. He was deprived of his government, and in consequence of this disgrace he poisoned himself, cir. b.c. 164. 2 Macc. 10:13.

3. The son of Abubus, who married the daughter of Simon the Maccabee. He was a man of great wealth, and being invested with the government of the district of Jericho, formed the design of usurping the sovereignty of Judea.