Berenice III of Egypt
|Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt|
|Reign||with Uncle & Step-father Ptolemy X Alexander I (first reign)|
with Half-brother & Cousin Ptolemy XI Alexander II
|Died||80 BC (aged 39–40)|
|Spouse||Ptolemy X (Uncle & Step-father) |
Ptolemy XI Alexander II (Cousin & Half-brother)
|Issue||Cleopatra V of Egypt|
|Father||Ptolemy IX Lathyros|
Berenice III (Greek: Βερενίκη; 120–80 BC), sometimes called Cleopatra Berenice, ruled as queen regnant of Egypt from 81 to 80 BC. She had previously been queen consort of Egypt, or possibly queen regnant with her uncle/husband Ptolemy X Alexander I, from 101 to 88 BC.
Early life and marriage
She was born in 120 BC, the daughter of Ptolemy IX Lathyros and supposedly Cleopatra Selene. She married her uncle Ptolemy X Alexander I in 101 BC, after he took the throne from Lathyros and had his mother (and her grandmother) Cleopatra III killed. When Lathyros reclaimed the throne in 88 BC, Berenice lost her role as consort to the Egyptian ruler.
When her father Ptolemy IX Lathyros died at the end of 81 BC, Berenice took over the throne and ruled for six months, during which time it was said that she gained the love of the people. She was forced to marry her step-son and cousin, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, in 80 BC. He had her killed 19 days later, which moved the people to revolt and kill him a few days thereafter. The throne then passed to Ptolemy XII Auletes, who was an illegitimate son of Ptolemy IX and the half-brother of Berenice.
Berenice III of EgyptBorn: ca. 115 – 114 BC Died: 80 BC
Ptolemy X and Cleopatra III
| Queen of Egypt
101 BC–88 BC
with Ptolemy X
| Queen of Egypt
81 BC–80 BC
with Ptolemy XI
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