Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium

Patrick Juola juola at mathcs.duq.edu
Thu Oct 1 10:52:26 EST 1998


In article <36135724.B290CDD9 at primenet.com>,
Jack Andrews  <amiga at primenet.com> wrote:
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>> ARSINOE II
>>                                               QUEEN OF EGYPT AND LIBYA
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>>                                                        316 - 271 B.C.
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>> Arsinoe (are-SIN-oh-uh) was born in Macedonia.....

Ho-hum, boring biographical stuff...

Her actual *accomplishments* are in one paragraph...
>> In Alexandria, Arsinoe married her full brother, Ptolemy II, whose power had
>> presumably grown secure during her absence. Because of
>> her popularity with the people, Arsinoe's presence enhanced his stature. But in
>> addition Arsinoe was an able advisor and administrator. It
>> was probably she who continued to attract to Alexandria the circle of brilliant
>> scholars, writers and artists who expanded the library her
>> father had founded. Only through Arsinoe's skill in foreign policy did Ptolemy II
>> win his campaign against the other great Macedonian
>> satellite, Syria. For her contribution, he had her deified.

Let's see.

i) She *probably* ruled a country competently
ii) She won a war.

How does this make her better than Henry VII of England or Elizabeth I
of England -- or, for that matter, Hyptatia, who invented the astrolabe
(and navigation) and laid the foundations for the study of conic sections??

	-kitten



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