Berenice or Berenike (Greek: polytonic|Βερενίκη, "Berenikē") is the Ancient Macedonian form for
Attic Greek"Φερενίκη" ("Pherenikē"), meaning "bearer of victory", from "φέρω" ("pherō") "to bear" + "νίκη" ("nikē") "victory" [ [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2319823 Berenike, Liddell and Scottt, "A Greek-English Lexicon", at Perseus] ] . Berenika priestess of Demetra in Leteca. 350 BCis the oldest epigraphical evidence [ Lete[http://epigraphy.packhum.org/inscriptions/oi?ikey=153433&bookid=172®ion=4&subregion=11 Epigraphical Database] ] [Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings [http://books.google.com/books?id=qTRBAAAAMAAJ&q=archineusasai&dq=archineusasai&pgis=1] by Miltiadēs V. Chatzopoulos] . The Latin form of the same name is Veronica.
Many historical figures bear the name "Berenice":
* Several Ptolemaic and Seleucid queens in Cyrenaica and Egypt:
Berenice I of Egypt, mother of Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt
Berenice (Seleucid queen), daughter of Ptolemy II of Egypt and wife of Seleucid monarch Antiochus II Theos
Berenice II of Egypt, daughter of Magas of Cyrene, wife of Ptolemy III of Egypt and traditional namesake of the constellation Coma Berenices.
Berenice III of Egypt, daughter of Ptolemy IX of Egypt. She first married Ptolemy X of Egypt, later Ptolemy XI of Egypt
Berenice IV of Egypt, daughter of Ptolemy XII of Egypt and elder sister of Cleopatra VII
** Berenice, also known as
Saint Veronica, saint from Jerusalem
* [http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0491.html Berenice]
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
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