“In Egypt the Greek dynasty of the Ptolemies was the successor to the native Pharaohs, exploiting through a highly organized bureaucracy the great natural resources of the Nile Valley”.
The Civilization of Rome by Donald R. Dudley
One Steve Limit: Averted. Several members of the family throughout several generations share the same names (which is why many family members are identified by second names or nicknames). In particular, the kings are all called Ptolemy, and the queens are almost all called Cleopatra (the series is called The Cleopatras, after all).
For the Evulz: Pot Belly often jerked around members of his own family, purely for his own amusement.
A-Z of Cleopatra - Q is for Queens
Cleopatra VII may be the most famous Queen by the name Cleopatra, and the one most people automatically think of when they hear the name, but there were six other Cleopatras that ruled as Queen of Egypt.
(There is some debate about whether Cleopatra VI Tryphaena was the same person as Cleopatra V, the mother of Cleopatra VII, or whether she was Cleopatra VII’s sister, but I chose to include her as her own person and Cleopatra VII’s sister as we don’t know for certain)
Easily Forgiven: Forgive an uncle who raped your daughter, murdered one of your brothers and beheaded your son? If doing so means you get to remain Queen of Egypt, sure!
Though the miniature’s courtly elegance partly masks the horror of the narrative, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes, king of Egypt, committed a horrendous act of vengeance against his queen, Cleopatra II. After the death of his brother, Ptolemy married Cleopatra, his brother’s widow and a sister to them both. To avoid sharing power with her son, he had the child, who was both his nephew and stepson, murdered. The severed head and limbs in the image, however, belong not to this infant but to a second unfortunate child, also a victim of Ptolemy’s wrath. Hearing of the king’s crime against his wife’s son, the people deposed him and selected Cleopatra as their ruler. In retaliation, Ptolemy had his own son, also born of Cleopatra, murdered and sent the child’s severed head and limbs to her during a banquet.