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1. Of Megalopolis, the son of Agesarchus.


History of King Ptolemy IV

He wrote a history of king Ptolemy IV. Philopator, which is quoted by Athenaeus (vi. p. 246c., x. p. 425e., xiii. p. 577f.), Clemens Alexandrinus (Protrep. p. 13), and Arnobius (6.4).


From these passages it is clear that the historian lived at the court of Ptolemy, who reigned from B. C. 222 to B. C. 204. (Vossius, de Hist. Graec. p. 157, ed. Westermann; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. v. p. 295). Schweighäuser supposes that the Ptolemy, who was governor of Cyprus during the regency of Ptolemy Philometor, is the same as Ptolemy of Megalopolis (Plb. 27.12) ; but the governor of Cyprus was a different person. [See above, No. 19.]

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