Who's Who of Egyptian people, queens and family: Polybius


Ptolemaic Dynasty

Polybius was a historian who states that Agathocles and Sosibius managed the succession of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes, who was barely a boy at the time, and the murder of his mother, Arsinoe, in a staged ceremony in Alexandria in which they produced two silver urns, allegedly containing the bones of Ptolemy IV Philopator and Arsinoe III, (the latter was actually full of spices) and a forged will that appointed the two of them as guardians of the under-aged king.

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Last Updated: June 19th, 2011