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Ptolemy XIII



Ptolemy XIII: king of the Ptolemaic Empire, ruled from 50 to 47 as co-ruler and rival of Cleopatra VII.

Relatives:

Main deeds:

  • 61: Born
  • February/March 51: Death of Ptolemy's father, Ptolemy XII Auletes. He is succeeded by Cleopatra VII
  • Summer 50: Cleopatra accepts her brother Ptolemy XIII as co-ruler
  • Summer 49: Sole rule of Ptolemy XIII, recognized by both Gaius Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator, and his opponent, Pompey the Great.
  • Cleopatra remains queen in the Thebaid, and accepts another brother, Ptolemy XIV, as co-ruler. His main courtiers are Achillas, Theodotus, and Pothinus.
  • 48: Cleopatra tries to return, but her army is defeated near Pelusium.
  • 48: Caesar defeats Pompey (battle of Pharsalus); Pompey flees to Egypt and is killed by courtiers of Ptolemy XIII
  • Caesar arrives in Egypt and orders Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra VII to disband their armies, but instead, war breaks out (text).
  • 14 January 47: Ptolemy is killed in action

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