See also

Family of Philip + and Berenice I + of EGYPT

Husband: Philip + (345- )
Wife: Berenice I + of EGYPT (340-274)
Children: Antigone (320- )
Pyrrhus of EPIRUS (315- )
Magas of CYRENE (310- )

Husband: Philip +

Name: Philip +
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 0345 B.C.

Wife: Berenice I + of EGYPT

Name: Berenice I + of EGYPT
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: Antigone + of MACEDONIA (390- )
Birth 0340 B.C.
Death 0274 B.C. (age 65-66)

Child 1: Antigone

Name: Antigone
Sex: Female
Birth 0320 B.C.

Child 2: Pyrrhus of EPIRUS

Name: Pyrrhus of EPIRUS
Sex: Male
Birth 0315 B.C.

Child 3: Magas of CYRENE

Name: Magas of CYRENE
Sex: Male
Birth 0310 B.C.

Note on Wife: Berenice I + of EGYPT

Berenice I (c. 340 BC-between 279-274 BC) was a Greek Macedonian noblewoman and through her marriage to Ptolemy I Soter, became the first Queen of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.


Berenice was the daughter of an obscure local nobleman called Magas, and Antigone.[1] Her maternal grandfather was a nobleman called Cassander who was the brother of Antipater[1] and through her mother was a relation to his family.


[edit] First MarriageIn 325 BC, Berenice married an obscure local nobleman called Philip.[1] There is a possibility that Philip may have been previously married and had other children. Through her first marriage, she bore Philip: daughter Antigone who married as one of the wives of King Pyrrhus of Epirus, son King Magas of Cyrene and possible a third child a daughter called Theoxena.[1]


Magas dedicated an inscription to himself and his father, when he served as a Priest of Apollo.[2] Pyrrhus gave her name to a new city called Berenicis. Philip had died.


[edit] Second Marriage to Ptolemy

Head of Ptolemy II and his mother Berenice IAfter the death of her first husband, Berenice travelled to Egypt 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. Ptolemy I caught the eye of Eurydice’s cousin, whom he later married in 317 BC. Berenice bore Ptolemy I: a daughter Arsinoe II of Egypt, a son Ptolemy II Philadelphus and a daughter called Philotera.[2]


In an unknown Olympiad, she was a victor in the chariot races. Ptolemy II was recognized as his father's heir in preference to Eurydice's children to Ptolemy I. A port was built in the Red Sea and it was named Berenice. After she died, Ptolemy II and later Ptolemy IV Philopator decreed divine honors to her (Theocritus, Idylls xv. and xvii.).[2]