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Artakama ( Greek  Ἀρτακάμα ) was a in the 4th century BC. Persian noblewoman living in BC and the second wife of the later Egyptian king Ptolemy I.

She was a daughter of the Persian aristocrat Artabazos II and thus a great-granddaughter of the great king Artaxerxes II. In the surviving sources it is not stated who her mother was, but she could be with the only known wife Artabazos' II., A sister of the Rhodian generals Memnon and Mentor , be identical. Perhaps Artakama fell in late 333 BC. BC, after the battle of Issus , in the course of the occupation of the Persian camp near Damascus by the Macedonians in the captivity of Alexander the great , as was the family Darius III. 'and other distinguished Persian women. In the spring of 324 BC Artakama married during the mass wedding of Susa Ptolemaios, a general and friend of Alexander. No children from this marriage are known. Artakama may have been ostracized by Ptolemy after Alexander's death. Their further fate is not recorded.


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  1. According to Christopher Bennett, Artakama
  2. Helmut Berve , The Alexander Reich on a prosopographical basis , Munich 1926, Vol. 2, p. 52.
  3. Arrian , Anabasis 7, 4, 6. On the other hand, Plutarch ( Eumenes 1, 7) calls Ptolemaios' wife Apame (according to Christopher Bennett, Artakama ). According to A. Sh. Shahbazi ( Encyclopædia Iranica , vol. 2, p. 150) she was also called Apama in addition to her Persian name Artakama .