• Title: The Ptolemies
  • Author: Duncan Sprott
  • Released: 2004-05-11
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 496
  • ISBN: 1400041546
  • ISBN13: 978-1400041541
  • ASIN: 1400041546
From Publishers Weekly Sprott chronicles the calamitous, ill-fated reign of the first Greek pharaoh of Egypt in his fascinating but overstuffed third novel, a historical reconstruction that traces the rise and fall of Ptolemy, the alleged son of King Philip of Macedonia. The initial chapters chart Ptolemy's ascension from soldier to leader in Egypt, where he becomes a satrap, keeping the body of the late Alexander the Great around as a good luck charm. After consolidating his power, Ptolemy agonizes over the decision to declare himself pharaoh while facing military challenges from a parade of enemies; he also must overcome emotional fallout from his exhausting relationship with his two wives, Berenike and Eurydice. Sprott's sardonic style serves him particularly well in the over-the-top battle for succession that develops during Ptolemy's decline, with the tone of the clash determined by the incest between his daughter, Arsinoë Beta, and his violent, unpredictable son Keraunos. Sprott's scholarship and his command of the material is formidable and impressive, and structurally the novel hangs together despite the author's insistence on documenting much of the historical minutiae of Ptolemy's reign. But readability suffers: Sprott writes largely in summary with almost no dialogue, and the combination of too many secondary characters and subplots and Sprott's insistence on revisiting over previously covered material turns an entertaining story into a long, monotonous trudge. With a narrowed focus this might have been an impressive novel, and amateur scholars will find the book a worthwhile addition to the body of work on this underexplored period. But mainstream readers face a difficult, tedious read, and many will find themselves hard-pressed to stay the course. 12 maps.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From The Ptolemy dynasty, founded by Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy Soter, ruled Egypt after the dissolution of Alexander's vast but unstable empire. The 300-year tale of this Greek line of pharaohs "drips with blood from end to end." It is a larger-than-life yarn of family dysfunction, disorder, and dissipation as each generation of the Ptolemy family succeeded to the throne, which they seated in Alexandria, the city the great Macedonian king and conqueror founded. Of course, the Ptolemy family history includes the reign of the famous Cleopatra, who is not alone among her kin in her drive and chicanery. The novel's conceit is quite imaginative and effective: that "this book you are holding in your hands" is an account written by Thoth, the Egyptian god who serves as scribe to the other gods and chief chronicler of Egypt's history. Consequently, the prose style is rather grand and formal, but an accurate sense of the violence of daily life--on domestic and military levels--is masterfully presented. Brad Hooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

I was skeptical at first but Midnighty really came through. They answered all my questions and made the whole experience a plesant one.

Elizabeth Maddry
Richland, Georgia

Why Midnighty?


Simply focused results for teams of all sizes.


Midnighty is inherently mature and community centric. It's time for the mature community to have a voice.


Finding a hip fit just got a whole lot easier.

When my friends need new midnights there's only one word I tell them, Midnighty.

Arriana Atkinson
Weed, California

Meet the Midnighty team

Juan Pablo Montoya

Isabell Leakes

International Sales

Kyle Zimmerman

Sarah Licari

Warehouse Supervisor

Cheryl Collins

Santana White

Customer Experience

Juan Pablo Montoya

Ivan Lashway


Midnighty is like Tinder... but for midnights!

Valerie Ingersoll
Centerville, Iowa

As Seen On