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The name "Bernice" could be an allusion to the story of Berenice II of Egypt. Berenice was the wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Ptolemy III. When Ptolemy went to Syria to fight a war, Berenice sacrificed her golden hair to Aphrodite to secure his victory and safe return home. The gods took her beautiful hair and created the constellation Coma Berenices then returned her husband home. Queen Berenice was known as a hero among her people for her sacrifice.