Anonymous said: Ok, the question about the Ptolemies made me think of this. I know a bit about them including their family tree. I always wondered with a family as inbred as theirs how they managed to keep having children let alone children that were functioning. Is there anyway any of them could've been adopted from concubines then said they were the queens. Or do we know for sure that their parents were who we think they are? Sorry if I'm making myself look like an idiot, I don't know that much about them.

To be honest, we can’t really know for certain who fathered or mothered certain children of the Ptolemaic Dynasty short of a very extensive genetic research. It is of course possible that some children were indeed begotten by a concubine rather than the queen, but again we can’t know for certain. They didn’t exactly keep a record of this if it happened. 

And don’t worry, you don’t look like an idiot for asking this! There’s no such thing as a stupid question, and we’re here to answer all you might have. :)

ETA: mywifebeatsme sent us this inbox answer which we’ll post here;

First of all, this blog is great and I read it everyday. Second of all I read the Ptolemaic inbreeding question and I may be off base here but they might, and probably did suffer from some form of inbreeding depression but if I understand it correctly introducing another bloodline like (Antiochus III of Syria  would completely reset the genetic depression process. 


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