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Could it be that Magas encouraged Antiochus to attack Egypt while Ptolemy’s forces were engaged against Antigonus and that Magas married Apame at that time perhaps to underwrite his alliance with Seleucid Syria? If, as suggested, Apame was born in the (late) 280s bce, she would have reached marriageable age in the early 260s bce. 3) claimed Ptolemy sent insufficient support to defend Athens— would have provided Magas and Antiochus with a perfect opportunity to exploit Egypt’s vulnerability.
The feigned consanguinity strengthened the queen’s position in face of such challenges as she acquired authority equal to that of her husband. It is no coincidence that Berenice II and Cleopatra I shared an impressive and almost unique series of titles, which the Egyptian priests bestowed upon them as an expression of their sacralized sovereignty. As Berenice was incorporated into the dynasty of the deified Lagids, the synod of Canopus paid thanks to her abundant provisions of benevolence in terms in which benefaction and salvation were associated with her royal consanguinity.
860(d), pl. 61, pl. 17; BMC Cyr. 33, pl. 13 (attr. portrait features to Ptolemy II); cf. Buttrey 1997, 37 (supra); Clayman 2014, 31. 5 BMC Ptol. 38, nos. 13–16, pl. 9; Sv. nos. 865–874, pls. 22–39; BMC Cyr. 81, nos. 37–38; DNM Ptol. nos. 442–445; Buttrey 1994, 139; id. 1997, 38; Asolati 2011, 28, nos. 4. 6 BMC Ptol. 39, nos. 19–22; Sv. nos. 866, 870, pls. 24, 31–32; BMC Cyr. 81, nos. 34–36, pl. 3; DNM Ptol. nos. 437–439; Buttrey 1994, 139; id. 1997, 38; Asolati 2011, 28, nos. 62, 63a, 64a. 7 BMC Ptol.
Berenice II Euergetis: Essays in Early Hellenistic Queenship by Branko van Oppen de Ruiter