Ptolemaïs tŏləmā´īs [key], ancient name given to several cities to honor members of the dynasty of the Ptolemies. One of these later became known as Akko , in modern Israel. Another was one of the great Hellenistic cities of Upper Egypt, on the Nile and N of Abydos. A third, in Cyrenaica, was one of the cities of the Libyan Pentapolis.
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