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Roger Bagnall and Jean Bingen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615780

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.001.0001

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The Dynastic Politics of Cleopatra Vii

The Dynastic Politics of Cleopatra Vii

(p.63) Chapter 5 The Dynastic Politics of Cleopatra Vii
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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