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By Branko van Oppen de Ruiter

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Berenice II Euergetis (ca. 267-6-221 BCE), one of many greater identified Ptolemaic queens, continues to be rather unknown open air expert circles. Berenice used to be queen at an enormous juncture in Hellenistic background. She was once either the daughter of King Magas of Cyrene (modern day Libya) and spouse to King Ptolemy III of Egypt. This number of essays makes a speciality of features of chronology, family tree, and marital practices, in addition to problems with royal ideology. The essays count in particular on literary proof and paintings works with the intention to remove darkness from Berenice's prestige and place on the courts of Cyrene and Egypt. It bargains new interpretations of the few identified occasions of Berenice's lifestyles till the early reign of Ptolemy III, to boot her impact and authority in Cyrene and Egypt.

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The last part aims to offer an explanation why Ptolemy and Berenice were officially presented as children of Ptolemy II and Arsinoe II, as well as what may be inferred from her appearance in Egyptian documents. As such, my purpose is to improve our understanding of early Ptolemaic chronology, genealogy, and queenship. 2 Agatharchides’s statement (ap. Athen. 74 [550b]) that he died after having ruled as king (basileusanta) for 50 years in Cyrene is in itself inaccurate. If Magas claimed his independence from Ptolemaic Egypt at all, this must have been sometime in the 270s or 260s bce when he unsuccessfully marched on Ptolemy II.

866, 870, pls. 24, 31–32; BMC Cyr. 81, nos. 34–36, pl. 3; DNM Ptol. nos. 437–439; Buttrey 1994, 139; id. 1997, 38; Asolati 2011, 28, nos. 62, 63a, 64a. 7 BMC Ptol. 76–77, nos. 89–91, pls. 5–6; Sv. 1152; BMC Cyr. 83, nos. 48–50 (dated to Ptolemy IV–Ptolemy VII); Asolati 2011, 30, 135a–b; cf. Sv. nos. 991–994. 28 One further clue may perhaps be gleaned from the presence of the dikeras, the double horn of plenty that was created for the deification of Arsinoe II (ca. 29 For, the presence of that symbol on Cyrenean coins must connote good relations with Alexandria during the second half of the reign of Ptolemy II (ca.

2 Agatharchides’s statement (ap. Athen. 74 [550b]) that he died after having ruled as king (basileusanta) for 50 years in Cyrene is in itself inaccurate. If Magas claimed his independence from Ptolemaic Egypt at all, this must have been sometime in the 270s or 260s bce when he unsuccessfully marched on Ptolemy II. 8) that Ptolemy I installed Magas as governor after a five-year rebellion in Cyrene. 3 In other words, when this rebellion began and when Magas recaptured Cyrene for Ptolemy is not at all clear.

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