Agathocles of Egypt

Agathocles of Egypt together with his sister Agathoclea were very close to Ptolemy IV Philopator. As a result he together with Sosibius acted as regents of Ptolemy V Epiphanes after they murdered Arsino√ę, fearing she would secure the regency for herself, before she heard of her husband's death.

Agathocles seems to have soon killed Sosibius. All particulars of these events are, however, lost to us.1

In 202 BC Tlepolemus, the general in charge of Pelusium put himself at the head of a revolt which resulted in Agathocles and several of his supporters being killed by the Alexandrian mob.


  • Bevan, Edwyn R.; The House of Ptolemy, London, (1927)


  • 1 Polybius, xv. 25, 34

Porphyry on the Book of Daniel: section 45


Family of Agathocles

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