Pothinus character jug produced in a full colorway by Weetman Giftware of Tunstall, England, circa 1960. Pothinus (early 1st century BC- 48 or 47 BC), a eunuch, was regent for Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. He is most remembered for turning Ptolemy against his sister and co-ruler Cleopatra, thus starting a civil war, and for having Pompey decapitated and presenting the severed head to Julius Caesar according to some sources. In George Bernard Shaw's play "Caesar and Cleopatra", Cleopatra arranges to have him secretly murdered by her female servant Ftatateeta after he embarrasses Cleopatra in front of Caesar by telling him that she longs for his departure from Egypt so that she can rule alone. He is killed offstage.
Caesar and Cleopatra Series