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The Triumph of Cleopatra or The Arrival of Cleopatra in Cilicia (1821).                                    Source: Public Domain

What Happened to Cleopatra’s Children? (Video)

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Cleopatra, a pivotal figure in ancient history, bore four children, marking a significant chapter in her legacy. Amidst the intricate web of alliances and power struggles that defined the era, Cleopatra's children emerged as symbols of both hope and uncertainty.

Her firstborn, Caesarion, born of her union with Julius Caesar, faced a precarious path to legitimacy following Caesar's assassination. Despite Cleopatra's efforts to secure his position, Octavian's ascent to power cast a shadow over his future. In the tumultuous aftermath of Antony and Cleopatra's demise, Caesarion's fate remains obscured by sparse historical documentation, likely meeting a tragic end at the hands of Roman forces.

Cleopatra's twins, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene II, born to Mark Antony, embarked on a journey fraught with political intrigue. Following their parents' downfall, they were paraded through the streets of Rome, evoking sympathy but also marking them as pawns in Octavian's consolidation of power. While some accounts suggest they were spared, their ultimate fate remains elusive, lost to the annals of history.

As for Ptolemy Philadelphus, Cleopatra's youngest child with Antony, scant records offer little insight into his destiny. Speculation abounds, ranging from a secluded life of luxury to an early demise, leaving his story entwined with the mysteries of antiquity.

Top image: The Triumph of Cleopatra or The Arrival of Cleopatra in Cilicia (1821).                                    Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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