Hmmm, if Antony was actually Ptolemy XII (Neos Dionysos, Panetjer/"Pandira"), then Antony's brother Lucius Antonius would logically correspond to Ptolemy XII's brother, Ptolemy of Cyprus, and we need to look elsewhere for an Eastern identity of Julius Caesar. Perhaps we might find him among the Seleucid dynasts, being that Caesar spent much of his early career knocking around Asia Minor.
Antony's brother, Lucius Antonius, with encouragement from Mark Antony's wife, Fulvia, made a preemptive strike on Octavius/Augustus after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Although unsuccessful, it did motivate a renewed alliance between Antony and Octavius. Fulvia died (or was killed off) and Antony married Octavia sister of Octavius. We should expect that Octavius also received some kind of surety in return, such as one of Antony's sons.
Antony, if one and the same as Ptolemy XII, did in fact have two prominent sons, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. Ptolemy XIII is said to have drowned in the Nile, but his body was not produced for burial. I suspect that he represents Phasaelus. The younger son Ptolemy XIV was also said to have been killed (by his sister Cleopatra), but perhaps this too was dissimulation and he corresponds to Herod the Great.
The treaty between Antony and Octavius could have then required Ptolemy III/Phasaelus to marry the daughter of Octavius, and as such Phasaelus may have been known by the Roman name Marcus Agrippa. Agrippa died in 12 BC, so he could not have been the brother of Herod named Phasaelus that died in the conflict with Hasmoneans, unless of course Josephus was mistaken or misleading when he claimed that Phasaelus committed suicide after being captured by Hasmonean forces.
Are we getting agripp on it?
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