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Cleopatra Vii Philopatris

Jean Bingen

in Hellenistic Egypt

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748615780
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.003.0005
Cleopatra Vii Philopatris

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In 37/36 BCE, Cleopatra changed her reckoning of the years of her reign from a simple “year 16” to “year 16 which is also year 1.” The reasons lie in a change in royal ideology linked to her recovery of some of the old Ptolemaic possessions outside Egypt by gift from Mark Antony. At the same time, she changed her titles. One of the added titles was philopatris, “homeland-loving.” This chapter argues that the homeland in question was not Egypt or Alexandria, but Macedonia, the home of her ancestor Ptolemy son of Lagos, the founder of her dynasty. The title helps to link her to the heritage of Alexander the Great (see chapter 1).

Keywords: monarchy; Cleopatra; Alexander the Great; Macedonia; Mark Antony

Chapter.  2606 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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