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This appendix presents a note on sources which link the translation with Ptolemy I and/or Ptolemy II. Some sources specifically identify the king involved in the translation. Others merely allude to a Ptolemy. For example, Justin Martyr refers simply to 'Ptolemy' but his references to Philo and Josephus suggests that he means Ptolemy II. The identity of the king is also indicated by an author's reference to the length of his regnal years. The traditional length of the reign of Ptolemy I was forty years, while Ptolemy II ruled for thirty-eight years. The reference of Pollux to a Ptolemy who reigned for thirty-eight years thus indicates Ptolemy II. Eusebius was born in the early 260's and died in 339 CE.

Keywords: Eusebius; Josephus; Philo; Ptolemy I



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