Cleopatra V was the queen of Egypt from 100 to 80 BCE. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XI and Cleopatra IV and was appointed regent during the minority of her younger brother Ptolemy XII.

During her reign, Cleopatra V faced a number of challenges, including political instability and economic difficulties. She also faced competition from her brother, who sought to undermine her authority.

Despite these challenges, Cleopatra V was a capable leader who sought to improve the lives of her people. She introduced a number of reforms, including the establishment of a council of advisors and the creation of a network of roads and canals. She also encouraged trade and cultural exchange with other nations, including Rome.

Cleopatra V was also famous for her cultural achievements. She was a patron of the arts and encouraged the development of Greek literature and drama. She also commissioned the construction of several important buildings, including the Temple of Isis in Alexandria.

A likely sculpture of Cleopatra V Tryphaena (also known as Cleopatra VI), 1st century BC, from Lower Egypt, now in the Musée Saint-Raymond[1]


Unfortunately, Cleopatra V’s reign was cut short when she was assassinated by her brother Ptolemy XII. Her death marked the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt and paved the way for a period of political instability and conflict.

Despite her short reign, Cleopatra V is capable and innovative leader who sought to improve the lives of her people. Her cultural achievements and reforms helped to shape the history of Egypt and the wider Mediterranean world.