Ptolemy XV Caesarion


Ptolemy XV Caesar Philopator Philometor1 also known as Caesarion2, son of Cleopatra VII3 probably by Julius Caesar4, probably born in summer 47, probably not on 23 Payni year 5 = 23 June 475, probably made coregent under Cleopatra VII 1 Thoth year 9 = 2 September 446, probably not attested as a victor at the Basileia in Lebadaeia6.1, declared "king of kings" at the Donations of Alexandria in autumn 347, executed by Octavian probably late August 308.

Ptolemy XV's titles as king of Egypt were9:

Horus               (1) Hwnw-nfr bnr-mrwt 10
                       (2) kA-nxt jAxw-stwt-Ra-JaH11
Two Ladies        <unknown>
Golden Horus     <unknown>
Throne Name     jwa-(n)-pA-nTr-nHm stp-n-PtH jrj-MAat-Ra sxm-(anx)-n-Jmn12
Son of Re          (1) ptwlmjs Dd.tw-n.f kjsrs anx-Dt mrj-PtH-Ast13
                   (2) ptwlmjs pA Wynn14

Update Notes:

11 Feb 2002: Added individual trees.
28 Feb 2002: Split into individual entry.
10 April 2002: Added discussion of Bagnall/Geraci on Octavian's birthday, and notice of changed date of IM 8, re Egytian evidence for birth in 47.
14 April 2002: Added discussion of Svoronos 1874 re evidence for birth in 44.
4-11 May 2002: Expanded and corrected discussion of the relationship between dates in the Alexandrian calendar and the Roman and civil calendars in the 20s BC.
12 May 2002: Corrected Roman and Egyptian date equations as necessary
30 June 2002: Moved discussion of calendrical implications of SB 18.13849 to a more appropriate place. Corrected Roman and Egyptian date equations as necessary
15 Jan 2003: Added discussion of Caesarion as "Ptolemy the Greek".
18 May 2003: Changed Plutarch Xrefs to the Lacus Curtius edition.
23 Oct 2003: Added Xrefs to online Appian
3 Feb 2004: Didier Devauchelle's article on IM 8 finally published -- my thanks to him for alerting me it was forthcoming
24 Feb 2004: Changed Suetonius Xrefs to the Lacus Curtius edition; added Xref to online Strabo
25 Feb 2004: Adjusted comments on Devauchelle's new reading of IM 8 to reflect his comments to me.
10 Jan 2005: Added link to online copy of Bagnall paper
13 Jan 2005: Add Xref to discussion of the "King Ptolemy Philopator" who was a victor at the Basileia.
11 Mar 2005: Added Greek transcription
25 Mar 2006: Note reference to Caesarion in year 9
3 June 2006: Add speculation that Ptolemy "the Greek" is a rumour of Antony.
16 Sep 2006: Add link to Packard Humanities DB
4 Sep 2007: Add Grzybek's response to Devauchelle, adjust some links
9 Dec 2010: Fix broken Perseus & DDbDP links

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