Ptolemy
King of Epirus
Reign238 - 235 BC
PredecessorPyrrhus II of Epirus
SuccessorDeidamia II of Epirus
IssuePyrrhus III of Epirus
HouseAeacidae
FatherAlexander II of Epirus
MotherOlympias II of Epirus
ReligionAncient Greek religion

Ptolemy (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος), king of Epirus c. 237 BC – 234 ВС, was the second son of Alexander II, king of Epirus, and Olympias, grandson of the great Pyrrhus and brother of Phthia of Macedon. He was named in honour of his late uncle Ptolemy. He succeeded to the throne on the death of his elder brother, Pyrrhus II of Epirus, but reigned only a very short time, having set out on a military expedition, during the course of which he fell sick and died or, according to Polyaenus, he was treasonably assassinated.[1] The date of his reign cannot be fixed with certainty, but as he was a contemporary of Demetrius II, king of Macedonia, it may be placed between 239 and 229 BC. He was succeeded by his niece Deidamia.

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  1. ^ Polyaenus, Strategemata, [1] viii. 52; Justin, Epitome of Pompeius Trogus, xxviii. 1, 3; Pausanias, Description of Greece, iv. 35,3
Preceded byPyrrhus II King of Epirus 238– 235 BC Succeeded byDeidamia II

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. ((cite encyclopedia)): Missing or empty |title= (help)