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Preceded by:
Ptolemy VI (?)
Pharaoh of Egypt
Ptolemaic Dynasty
Succeeded by:
Ptolemy VIII
Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator
Ancient Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Νέος Φιλοπάτωρ
Romanized: Ptolemaios Neos Philopator
Latin: Ptolemaeus Novus Philopater
145 BC or 131–130 BC (?)
Father Ptolemy VI or VIII
Mother Cleopatra II
Born before 4 April 152 BC
or August 143 BC
Died 130 BC or before 118 BC
Burial Alexandria (?)
For other pages by this name, see Ptolemy.

Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator (Ancient Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Νέος Φιλοπάτωρ, "Ptolemy, the New Father-Lover"), was, ostensibly, a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt of the Ptolemaic Dynasty during the Hellenistic Period. His identity and reign are controversial, and it is likely that he did not rule at all, but was only granted royal dignity posthumously. He was integrated into the dynastic cult in 118 BC.[1] His listing in the dynastic cult (in order of death and deification, not reign) before Ptolemy Euergetes Tryphon led to the numbering Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator and Ptolemy VIII Euergetes Tryphon, despite the latter ruling before the former.

Depending on the historical reconstruction, Ptolemy VII was a son of Queen Cleopatra II of Egypt by either Ptolemy VI Philometor or Ptolemy VIII Euergetes Tryphon, with current scholarship leaning toward the second option.[2]


The identity of Ptolemy VII is unclear since there are two likely candidates:

  • Ptolemy, the younger of the two sons of King Ptolemy VI and Queen Cleopatra II.
  • Ptolemy Memphites, the only son of Ptolemy VIII by Queen Cleopatra II.


  1. Chauveau 1990, p. 155-156.
  2. For both candidates, see: Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 268-269, 273, 280-281.


  • Chauveau, M., 1990: Un été 145. Post-scriptum. BIFAO 90.
  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
Ptolemy VI (?)
Pharaoh of Egypt
Ptolemaic Dynasty
Ptolemy VIII