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Bĕrĕnīcē (in MSS. also Bĕrŏnīcē ), ēs, f., = Βερενίκη.
I. A female name.
A. Daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus and Arsinoë, and wife of her own brother, Ptolemy Euergetes; her beautiful hair was placed as a constellation in heaven (Coma or Crinis Berenices), Hyg. Astr. 2, 24; cf. “the poem of Catullus: de Coma Berenices, 66, 1 sqq. (Another constellation of the same name,Plin. 2, 70, 71, § 178.)—Hence,
2. Bĕrĕnīcēus , a, um, adj., of Berenice: “vertex,Cat. 66, 8.—
B. The daughter of the Jewish king Agrippa I., accused of incest, Juv. 6, 156 sqq.; Tac. H. 2, 2; 2, 81; Suet. Tit. 7; “called uxor Titi,Aur. Vict. Epit. 10, 4; called Bernīcē , Vulg. Act. 25, 13.—
II. The name of several towns.
A. In Cyrenaica, earlier called Hesperis, now Benghazi, Plin. 5, 5, 5, § 31; Sol. 27, 54; Amm. 22, 16, 4.—Hence,
2. Bĕrĕnīcis , ĭdis, f., the region around Berenice: “ardens,Luc. 9, 524: “undosa,Sil. 3, 249; cf. Inscr. Orell. 3880.—
B. A town in Arabia, Mel. 3, 8, 7.—
C. A town on the Red Sea, Plin. 6, 29, 34, § 70; cf. Mel. 3, 8, 7.—
D. A town on the frontier of Egypt, Plin. 6, 23, 26, § 108; 6, 29, 33, § 168.
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