Ptolemy of Epirus

Ptolemy (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος), king of Epirus (237 BC – 234 ВС[1]) 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.[2] 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 Deidamia II or Pyrrhus III.

King of Epirus
Reign237 - 234 BC[1]
PredecessorPyrrhus II of Epirus
SuccessorDeidamia II or Pyrrhus III
IssuePyrrhus III of Epirus
FatherAlexander II of Epirus
MotherOlympias II of Epirus
ReligionAncient Greek religion



  1. ^ a b Sampson, Gareth C. (2020-08-05). Rome and Parthia: Empires at War: Ventidius, Antony and the Second Romano-Parthian War, 40-20 BC. Pen and Sword Military. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-5267-1016-1.
  2. ^ Polyaenus, Strategemata, [1] viii. 52; Justin, Epitome of Pompeius Trogus, xxviii. 1, 3; Pausanias, Description of Greece, iv. 35,3
Preceded by King of Epirus
237–234 BC
Succeeded by

  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)