The fate of the children of Queen Cleopatra

After the Egyptian queen Cleopatra committed suicide, her children had to leave their wealthy lives and soon be separated.

After the Egyptian queen Cleopatra committed suicide, her children had to leave their wealthy lives and soon be separated.

According to Ancient Origins, Egyptian queen Cleopatra has 4 children, one with emperor Julius Caesar and three with her lover Mark Anthony. They live in a magnificent golden palace in Egypt. However, when Cleopatra and Mark Anthony were defeated by Octavian in the naval battle in Actium in 31 BC, this royal life quickly ended.

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Queen Cleopatra kills herself after defeating Octavian in a naval battle.(Artwork: Wikimedia Commons).

Octavian , real name Caesar Augustus doesn't pity the enemy. He hopes to defeat Mark Anthony and bring Cleopatra to Rome. According to historians, both Cleopatra and Mark Anthony committed suicide in 30 BC, leaving behind children not protected by anyone.

Cleopatra's eldest son was born on June 23, 47 BC. The son of Gaius Julius Caesar, he had the full name Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar , also known as Caesarion , the last king of the Ptolemy dynasty in Egypt. He reigned with his mother from September 2, 44 BC. Cleopatra believed that Caesarion would become a great emperor like his father. He was allowed to attend the best teachers to fulfill his role in the future.

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Caesarion statue at an exhibition.(Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

Caesarion officially took the throne on August 12, 30 BC, after his mother died. However, he was ordered by the Octovian to assassinate only 11 days later to eliminate the rival throne in Rome.

Alexander Helios , Cleopatra's second son, was named "King of Kings" in 34 BC, ruling Armenia, Parthia, Media and all the countries in the region between the Euphrates and Indus rivers. . A year later, Alexander was engaged to Iotapa, the daughter of King Artavasdes I of Media Atropatene.

Ptolemy Philadelphus's third son became ruler of Syria, Phoenicia, and Ciciliasinh in 34 BC. Due to no information about Ptolemy Philadelphus' marriage, historians believe that it is likely that Philadelphus died without adulthood.

After conquering Egypt, Octavian brought all the children of Cleopatra and Anthony to Rome, except Alexander. He entrusted them to Mark Anthony's sister and ex-wife to take care of the children of Octavia.

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Statue of Alexander Helios in marble.(Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

According to historian Cassius Dio, Ptolemy Philadelphus could die of illness in the winter of 29 BC if he survived his trip to Rome. Alexander Helios may have left Roma with his twin sister, Cleopatra Selene (in Greek meaning "Moon" ).

Cleopatra Selene is the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra and the only survivor of the Ptolemy dynasty. Augustus arranged her marriage with Numidia's King Juba in Rome between 26 and 20 BC. Augustus gave Cleopatra a great wedding gift, so she became an ally of Rome. When Juba's kingdom became a Roman province in 46 BC, Princess Selene was sent to Muretania, a Roman territory.

According to Zahi Hawass, former director of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cleopatra Selene died in 8 AD. After his death, Selene was buried in Mauretania's royal tomb, today's Algerian news.