The Dynastic Politics of Cleopatra Vii

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:
The Dynastic Politics of Cleopatra Vii

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Picking up the themes of chapters 3 and 4, this chapter looks at Cleopatra not in terms of the Roman depiction of her but in the context of the (often murderous) dynastic politics of the Ptolemaic monarchy. In this light, Cleopatra can be seen as trying to revive the fortunes of this kingdom even in a world dominated by Rome. After the death of her father, Ptolemy XII, Cleopatra faced repeated threats to her rule, particularly to her sole rule. Cleopatra used her son Ptolemy XV, said to be Caesar's son, as a visible male co-regent despite his young age. The adoption of the phrase “younger goddess” in her titulature is traced to evoking the Ptolemaic princess Cleopatra Thea who was queen of Syria as the wife of three successive Seleucid kings.

Keywords: Cleopatra VII; Cleopatra Thea; Caesarion; Julius Caesar; Ptolemy XII Auletes

Chapter.  7916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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