Ptolemy VII. Neos Philopator

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Ptolemy VII. Neos Philopator

Ptolemy VII. was only 15 years old, when his father died and his mother – Queen Cleopatra II ruled in his name at that time. Her reign lasted for several months up to her wedding with Ptolemy VIII. Euergetes.

Ptolemy VII. was murdered on Ptolemy VIII. command – the King of Cyrene (Cyrene – Kurene in Greek; a city in northern Libya) in 145 BC. His number VII in the Ptolemy dynasty is actually incorrect, because he had never really ruled.

Character of Ptolemy VII

Whoever was Ptolemy VII.? According to one of theories he was a son of King Ptolemy VI. Philometor and Cleopatra II. and ruled together with his father since 145 BC. After a short time he was murdered by his uncle Ptolemy VIII., who came to the throne himself then.

Some Greek scholars identified Ptolemy VII. Neos Philopator with Ptolemy Memphites. It would mean that Ptolemy VII was a son of Ptolemy VIII. and Cleopatra II. and was murdered by his own father. Other tracks lead to a number of minor co-regents and advisers – all of whom were named Ptolemy as all Kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

In some older sources, Ptolemy VII. is omitted altogether. This lowers the numbering of all the later Ptolemies, until Caesarion is Ptolemy XIV; the nicknames are unchanged, of course.

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