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  • 05 16, 2023

Who is Arsinoe IV?

In the history of ancient Egypt, we may find other personalities who may attract our attention. It is enough to take our memory to the image of the portentous pyramids and sphinxes that are included in our Egypt tours, or to the lives of such curious characters as Tutankhamun, the youngest pharaoh in history. Among them all, Cleopatra is perhaps the most popular pharaoh and you will discover her history in our Egypt day tours. The pharaoh was a symbol of power but there was sensuality and seduction in history. More relegated, has been Arsínoe IV, Cleopatra's sister.

Arsínoe IV was the queen of Cyprus and, like her famous sister Cleopatra, dreamed of taking power over all of Egypt. The hatred between these two sisters unleashed one of the bloodiest wars in Egypt and, although Arsínoe did not manage to seize the throne, it certainly shook the Roman Empire and the ruthless Cleopatra. During our Egypt travel packages, you will discover the important secrets about Egyptian pharaohs, their strong points, and their weaknesses.

When we talk about who Cleopatra was, there are many facts that come to mind. From her power, which sometimes became ruthless, to her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, as well as her peculiar secrets of beauty and seduction that you will discover during Egypt Luxury tours. But, next to all this, the family she grew up with was marked by ambition. Arsínoe, Cleopatra's sister, is a character that demonstrates it well. I encourage you now to book our Aswan day tours because you will visit Dendra temple which is one of the best places telling us about Cleopatra and her sister. During these unique Egypt Luxury tours, you will enjoy the love story between Cleopatra and Antonio.

‏After the death of Ptolemy XII, he said in his will that Cleopatra and her younger brother Ptolemy XIII would bePhilae rulers of Egypt, but General Aquila decided that Ptolemy XIII would be the ruler, so Cleopatra was exiled to the desert, but she was able to flee. You can use your time in Luxor and Choose a journey including the best attractions in Aswan Such as a day tour in philae temple, where you will attend the sound and light show.

When Cleopatra was banished, her sister Arsínoe accompanied her. This decision was not exactly taken out of love between sisters, but quite the opposite. Cleopatra did not trust Arsinoe, as she had already heard that she also longed for the throne.

Shortly after this , Caesar arrives in Alexandria, who, among other things, is about to be the ruler over Egypt in case of succession to the throne of Egypt. When Cleopatra learns of this, she quickly returns. It is not known for sure if Arsínoe returned with her sister, but it is known that the young princess was in the palace during the various events that will end in a bloody war. Let's go on a unique Egypt Classic tours to discover Egyptian mythology stories, about pharaohs such as the eternal love story between Isis and Oasiris.

It was then when Cleopatra's beauty seduced the great Caesar one night and he was so taken by her beauty that he named her Queen. Unfortunately, Caesar didn’t know the consequences of that. The Egyptian people did not like her. They branded her and her sister Arsinoe as friends of the Romans. They said that under her rule the dependence on the Roman Empire would be even greater. Such was the pressure of the Alexandrian people that Caesar had to come out saying that he was going to fulfill the will expressed by the late King in his testament.

How did Arsinoe become the Queen of Cyprus?

Although the name of the pharaoh is the one that went down in history, Arsínoe, Cleopatra's sister, also held spaces of power in the time in which she lived, although always insufficient for her ambitions.

It was Caesar himself who appointed Arsínoe as Queen of Cyprus. But, although in theory she was the Queen, Caesar kept her as a hostage inside the palace. However, Arsínoe managed to escape. On the other hand, gernal Aquilas gathered an army of  20,000 men to support the Alexandrians who didn’t want Cleopatra. Read more about the History of Egypt in our Cairo top tours blogs.

When Arsínoe arrived at the camp of the Egyptian soldiers, the men saw in her a true Queen who would not surrender the sovereignty of Egypt to the Romans, besides she was the only one who had the courage and power to face Caesar and her sister Cleopatra.

Lo único que permitió a Arsínoe escapar fue la astucia. Vistió a uno de sus asistentes con sus ropas reales, y así uno de los generales de Seleuco mató a su sirviente, mientras la reina era sacada de la ciudad en harapos en una litera real tirada por una escolta reforzada.

After that, all the rebels call her queen. The battle was so terrible that the Roman army was retreating more and more before her might. Certainly, the troops of Arsínoe made Caesar stagger.

Arsínoe had amply demonstrated her ambitions for political power, as well as her courage and courage for battle, and her leadership at the head of troops who responded to her with loyalty. In the midst of despair, Caesar requested the support of the Asian legions and it is when on March 27, 47 B.C., one of the bloodiest battles in Egyptian history took place: "the Battle of Alexandria". If you are interested in discovering more about monuments in Egypt and History book our Luxor day tours because Luxor is a city covered in Egyptian monuments and stories that will amaze you. Luxor Also is a place for activities and fun such as booking a Hot Air balloon ride to watch attractions in Luxor while you are flying.

Caesar took Arsinoe to Rome as his prisoner. After Caesar's assassination, Cleopatra allies with Mark Antony and asks him for the head of her younger sister Arsinoe. It was then that Mark Antony sent two hired assassins to kill the once Queen of Cyprus. Thus ended the life of a woman who marked, along with her sister, an era of rear and hellish death, to seize the power of the Egyptian throne.


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Do you remember Arsinoe IV? She was Cleopatra's younger sister, born to the same father and possibly the same mother. Despite popular culture only acknowledging Cleopatra, Ptolemy XII actually had five children - three girls and two boys - all of whom briefly reign as rulers. This information was last shared on July 8th, 2016.


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