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Berenice II


Bust of Berenice II. Musée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz (Belgium). Photo Jona Lendering.
Berenice II (Musée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz)
Berenice II (after 270-221): queen of the Ptolemaic Empire.

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Main deeds:

  • Born after 270
  • 250: King Magas of Cyrene and king Ptolemy II Philadelphus agree to marry Berenice to Ptolemy III Euergetes
  • 250 or 249: Death of her father, Magas; queen Apame agrees to a marriage between Berenice and Demetrius the Fair, who is made king of Cyrene
  • Demetrius the Fair is assassinated; Cyrene recovered for the Ptolemaic empire
  • Berenice can marry her fiancé
  • January 246: Accession of king Ptolemy III Euergetes
  • Summer 246: Outbreak of the Laodicean War; king Ptolemy in Syria and Babylonia. Berenice sacrices her locks, which are believed to have become a new constellation (the subject of a poem by Callimachus)
  • 245: Victory at the Nemean Games (horse racing)
  • Birth of Ptolemy IV, who soon receives the surname Philopator, 'father-loving'
  • February 238: Death of a daughter named Berenice
  • Ptolemy IV succeeds father between 5 and 16 February 222; many relatives are killed by his ministers Agathocles and Sosibius
  • 221: Ptolemy IV orders the death of his mother and his brother Magas.
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