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Berenice (Ancient Greek: Βερενίκη, Bereníkē) is the Ancient Macedonian form of the Attic Greek name Φερενίκη Pherenikē, which means "bearer of victory" from Ancient Greek φέρω (pherō) 'to bear', and νίκη (nikē) 'victory'.[1] Berenika, priestess of Demeter in Lete ca. 350 BC, is the oldest epigraphical evidence.[2][3] The Latin variant Veronica is the direct historical Western Catholic transliteration. The name also has the form Bernice.

Many historical figures bear the name Berenice:

Ancient world[edit]

Ptolemaic and Seleucid queens and royal daughters in Cyrenaica and Egypt[edit]

Judean princesses[edit]



Modern era[edit]


  1. ^ Berenike, Liddell and Scott, "A Greek-English Lexicon", at Perseus
  2. ^ Lete Epigraphical Database
  3. ^ Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings: A historical and epigraphic study. Kentron Hellēnikēs kai Rōmaïkēs Archaiotētos. 1996. ISBN 978-960-7094-90-2.