Arsinoe IV


Arsinoë IV (Greek: Ἀρσινόη, ca. 68 or 67 BC – 41 BC) was the youngest daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes, half-sister[1][2][3][4][5] of Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra VII, and one of the last rulers of the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt. When their father died, he left Ptolemy and Cleopatra as joint rulers of Egypt, but Ptolemy soon dethroned Cleopatra and forced her to flee Alexandria.

Arsinoe was transported to Rome, where she was forced to appear in Caesar's triumph, 46 BC, but the Romans had pity on her. Despite usual traditions of prisoners in triumphs being strangled when the festivities were at an end, Caesar spared Arsinoe and granted her sanctuary at the temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Arsinoe lived in the temple for a few years, always keeping a watchful eye for her sister Cleopatra, who saw her as a threat to her power.


For a time, it was rumored that she might be seeking to supplicant her sister's favor in Octavian Augustus.

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