Ptolemy IX Lathyros
|Ptolemy IX Lathyros|
|Pharaoh from the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt|
|Ptolemaic King of Egypt|
|Predecessor||Ptolemy VIII and Cleopatra III of Egypt|
|Successor||Berenice III of Egypt|
|Born||c. 143 – 142 BC|
|Died||81 BC (aged 60–62)|
|Issue||Two legitimate sons and Berenice III (by Cleopatra Selene I)|
Ptolemy XII, Ptolemy of Cyprus, and perhaps Cleopatra V (by unknown consorts)
Ptolemy IX Soter II[note 1][note 2] (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Σωτήρ, Ptolemaĩos Sōtḗr "Ptolemy the Saviour"), commonly nicknamed Lathyros (Λάθυρος, Láthuros "chickpea"), reigned twice as king of Ptolemaic Egypt. He took the throne after the death of his father Ptolemy VIII in 116 BC, in joint rule with his mother Cleopatra III.
He was deposed in 107 BC by his mother and brother, Ptolemy X. He ruled Egypt once more from his brother's death in 88 BC to his own death in 81 BC. The legitimate Ptolemaic line in Egypt ended shortly after the death of Ptolemy IX with the death of his nephew Ptolemy XI. Ptolemy IX's illegitimate son Ptolemy XII then took the throne of Egypt.
Ptolemy IX was the son of Ptolemy VIII and Cleopatra III of Egypt. He married his sister Cleopatra IV sometime prior to his accession. Ptolemy VIII died in 116 BC, leaving the throne to Cleopatra III.
First reign (116–107 BC)
Cleopatra III wanted Ptolemy's younger brother Alexander to be her co-regent, but the Alexandrians forced her to choose Ptolemy IX. Because Cleopatra IV was strong-willed, Cleopatra III pushed out Cleopatra IV and replaced her with their sister Cleopatra Selene I as the wife of Ptolemy IX. It is possible that construction of certain buildings occurred during the first reign of Ptolemy IX. This would have included work on the Dendera Temple complex and on the temple in Edfu. Cleopatra III claimed that Ptolemy IX had tried to kill her and successfully deposed him in 107 BC, putting Alexander on the throne as co-regent with her as Ptolemy X.
Hiatus (107–88 BC)
Ptolemy IX went to the isle of Cyprus. He may have served at some point as its governor. In the Seleucid civil war between Ptolemy IX's cousins Antiochus VIII Gryphus (r. 125–96 BC) and Antiochus IX Cyzicenus (r. 115–95 BC), whose mother Cleopatra Thea was Cleopatra III's sister, Ptolemy IX allied himself with Antiochus IX against Antiochus X, who was supported by Ptolemy X. Ptolemy IX and Antiochus IX supported Samaria in its war against John Hyrcanus, a king of Judaea from the Hasmonean dynasty. Ptolemy Apion, a son of Ptolemy VIII, left the Egyptian territory Cyrenaica to Rome in his will, and it passed to Rome upon his death in 96 BC.
Second reign (88–81 BC)
Issue and succession
Besides Berenice III, Ptolemy IX had at least four other children: two sons by Cleopatra Selene I, both of whom probably died young; two illegitimate sons, Ptolemy XII of Egypt and Ptolemy of Cyprus; and perhaps an illegitimate daughter Cleopatra V, the wife of Ptolemy XII. Berenice III reigned for about a year after her father's death. She was forced to marry her cousin, Ptolemy X's son Alexander, who reigned under the name Ptolemy XI and had her killed nineteen days later. Shortly afterwards Ptolemy XI was lynched by an enraged Alexandrian mob.
To stave off invasion or annexation by other powers, those with influence ensured the throne passed to Ptolemy IX's remaining, illegitimate children. Ptolemy XII and his younger brother were recalled from the Kingdom of Pontus. Ptolemy XII was placed on the throne and given Cleopatra V as queen. The younger Ptolemy was given the rule of Cyprus, the last external territory Egypt possessed.
|Ancestors of Ptolemy IX Lathyros|
- Numbering the Ptolemies is a modern convention. Older sources may give a number one higher or lower. The most reliable way of determining which Ptolemy is being referred to in any given case is by epithet (e.g. "Philopator").
- All male Ptolemaic rulers were titled Ptolemy in honor of their great Macedonian ancestor, Ptolemy I Soter, with Ptolemy IX also taking the same title Soter as the original Ptolemy. In older references and in more recent references by the German historian Huss, Ptolemy IX Soter II may be numbered VIII.
- Ptolemy Soter II and Ptolemy Alexander I at LacusCurtius — (Chapter XI of E. R Bevan's House of Ptolemy, 1923)
- Ptolemy IX Soter II (Lathyros) by Livius.org.
- Bevan, Edwyn (1914). A History Of Egypt Under The Ptolemaic Dynasty, p. 345.
- Ptolemy IX Soter II at Enyclopædia Britannica
- Antiochus IX at Livius.org
- Ptolemy VI Philometor and Cleopatra II at Livius.org
- Chauveau, Michel. Egypt in the age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the Ptolemies. p. 18.
- Ioannis Svoronos, Ta nomismata tou kratous ton Ptolemaion, Athens, 1904, vol. I-II, p. 302 (n°1838), & vol. III-IV, plate LXI, n°22, 23.
- Berenice III, Ptolemy XI, Ptolemy XII at LacusCurtius — (Chapter XII of E. R Bevan's House of Ptolemy, 1923)
- Werner Huß, Ägypten in hellenistischer Zeit (Egypt in Hellenistic times). C. H. Beck, Munich 2001, p. 674-675
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ptolemy IX.|
- Ptolemy IX Lathyrus entry in historical sourcebook by Mahlon H. Smith
- Ptolemy IX (Soter) at Thebes by Robert Ritner
Ptolemy IX LathyrosBorn: c. 143 – 142 BC Died: 81 BC
| Pharaoh of Egypt
116 BC–107 BC
with Cleopatra III and Cleopatra IV
| Pharaoh of Egypt
88 BC–81 BC