Seleucus VII Philometer

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Seleucus VII Philometor
Seleucus VII Kybiosaktes
King of the Seleucid Empire (King of Syria)
Reign 83–69 BC (in opposition to Tigranes I of Armenia)
Predecessor Philip I Philadelphus
Successor Antiochus XIII Asiaticus
Co-regents Cleopatra Selene (mother), possibly Antiochus XIII Asiaticus (younger brother)
King of Egypt
Reign Circa 58 BC (as co-regent)
Coronation Unknown
Predecessor Berenice IV
Successor Berenice IV
Co-regent Queen Berenice IV
Born Unknown
Died Circa 58 BC (exact date unknown)
Likely Egypt
Wife Berenice IV (possible)
Dynasty Seleucid
Father Antiochus X Eusebes
Mother Cleopatra Selene

Seleucus VII Philometor (Greek: Σέλευκος Ζ΄), was a ruler of the Macedonian Seleucid kingdom.

Biography[edit]

King of Syria[edit]

The last members of the once mighty Seleucid dynasty are shadowy figures; local dynasts with complicated family ties whose identities are hard to ascertain: many of them also bore the same names. Seleucus was unknown until recently: from coins issued by him and his mother, Ptolemaic princess Cleopatra Selene, it is presumed that he was her son by king Antiochus X Eusebes, and a brother of later king Antiochus XIII Asiaticus. He appears to have "reigned" during the occupation of Syria by Armenian king Tigranes (83-69 BC). In reality, only a few cities were loyal to the Seleucids during this period.

Some time after Tigranes had conquered Syria (83 BC), his mother traveled to Rome to have her sons recognized as kings of Egypt, but to no avail. They were there between at least between 75 BC and 73 BC; recognized as "Kings of Syria", and "maintained a royal state".[1]

Co-regent of Egypt[edit]

The young boy-king is probably the same Seleucus who later went to marry a Ptolemaic princess called Berenice IV on an unknown date (a sister of the famous Cleopatra VII of Egypt) to become co-regent of Egypt.[2] but allegedly was murdered by the discontented bride for his lack of manners. He bore the derogatory name Kybiosaktes, the term for the foul-smelling work of cutting tuna fish.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ E.R. Bevan, The House of Seleucus, London, 1902, p. 263.
  2. ^ http://www.tyndalehouse.com/egypt/ptolemies/berenice_iv.htm

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Seleucus VII Philometer
Born: Unknown Died: Unknown
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tigranes}
Seleucid King (King of Syria)
83 BC–69 BC
with Cleopatra Selene I (83 BC–69 BC)
Succeeded by
Antiochus XIII Asiaticus