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Eurydice
Queen of Egypt
SpousePtolemy I Soter
IssuePtolemy Keraunos
Meleager
Ptolemais
Lysandra
DynastyPtolemaic
FatherAntipater

Eurydice (Ancient Greek: Εὐρυδίκη) was a Queen of Egypt by marriage to Ptolemy I Soter.

Life

Eurydice was the daughter of Antipater. She married Ptolemy I Soter. Together, they had five children. Their three sons were Ptolemy Keraunos, Meleager, and a third son whose name is unknown. Ptolemy Keraunos and Meleager would both in turn rule as King of Macedon. The third son was put to death by his half-brother Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the son of Ptolemy I Soter by his wife Berenice. Eurydice and Ptolemy I Soter also had two daughters, Ptolemais and Lysandra. Ptolemais married Demetrius I of Macedon[1] and Lysandra married Agathocles.

Ptolemy I Soter additionally had several concubines and other wives. He neglected Eurydice for Berenice.[2] It was probably from resentment on this account, and for the preference shown to the children of Berenice, that she withdrew from the court of Ptolemaic Egypt.

In 287 BC she was residing at Miletus, where she welcomed Demetrius I of Macedon, and gave him her daughter for marriage. [3]

Issue

Notes

  1. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Demetrius", 32, 46
  2. ^ Plutarch, "Pyrrhus", 4
  3. ^ Plutarch, "Demetrius", 46
  4. ^ Ogden, Daniel (1999). Polygamy Prostitutes and Death. The Hellenistic Dynasties. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd. p. 150. ISBN 07156-29301.

References

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Eurydice (4)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

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