Tlepolemus (regent of Egypt)

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Tlepolemus was regent of Egypt in the Ptolemaic period under the reign of the boy-king Ptolemy V. He was briefly prominent at the end of the 3rd century BC; his dates of birth and death are not known.

Tlepolemus was a member of a distinguished Persian family who had migrated to Egypt in the late 3rd century BC.[1] He was strategos (military governor) of the region of Pelusium in 202 BC when the regent Agathocles and his family were overthrown and killed in a popular uprising. Tlepolemus took Agathocles' place as regent, but held it only until the following year, 201 BC, when he was in his turn replaced by Aristomenes of Alyzia.


  1. ^ Ian Scott-Kilvert, F. W. Walbank, eds, Polybius: The rise of the Roman Empire (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979) p. 484 note 1


Primary sources

  • Polybius, xv.25, 34

Secondary works

  • Edwyn Bevan, The House of Ptolemy, Chapter 7, passim
  • Walter Ameling, "Tlepolemos [4]" in Der neue Pauly vol. 12 part 1 p. 636 f.
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