Berenice I of Egypt
|Queen of Egypt|
Berenice I from "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum"
|Born||c. 340 BC|
|Died||between 279 and 268 BC|
|Spouse||Philip, a Macedonian nobleman |
Ptolemy I Soter
Magas King of Cyrene
Antigone (later queen of Epirus)
With Ptolemy I Soter:
Ptolemy II Philadelphus
Berenice was originally from Eordaea. She was the daughter of princess Antigone of Macedon, and an obscure local, a Greek Macedonian nobleman called Magas. Her maternal grandfather was a nobleman called Cassander who was the brother of Antipater, the regent for Alexander's empire, and through her mother was a relation to his family.
Philip died around 318 BC.
Queen of EgyptEdit
After the death of her first husband, Berenice travelled to Egypt with her children as a lady-in-waiting for her mother's first cousin Eurydice who was the wife of Ptolemy I. Ptolemy I was one of the generals of King Alexander the Great and founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt.
In an unknown Olympiad, she was a victor in the chariot races.
Her son Ptolemy II was recognized as his father's heir in preference to Eurydice's children to Ptolemy I.
With her first spouse Philip, she became the mother of:
With her second spouse Ptolemy I, she became the mother of:
- Carney, Elizabeth. Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon. p. 20.
Intriguingly, thanks to Posidippus (AB 88), we now know that Berenice, like her second husband Ptolemy I, may have been from Eordaea too.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-09-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)