How was Cleopatra related to Alexander?

By Sunil Kumar

Cleopatra VII was from the Ptolemaic dynasty who ruled Egypt for 275 years; from 305 to 30 B.C.

Cropped screenshot of Elizabeth Taylor from th...

Cropped screenshot of Elizabeth Taylor from the trailer for the film Cleopatra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ptolemy, one of the seven somatophylakes(bodyguards) serving as Alexander’s generals and deputies was appointed satrap of Egypt; after his death in 323 B.C. In 305 B.C; he declared himself king Ptolemy I; also known as Soter(Savior).

His mother is said to be Arsinoe of Macedon, and, while his father is unknown, ancient stories variously describe him either as the son of Lagus, a Macedonian nobleman, or as an illegitimate son of Philip II of Macedon(which will make him Alexander’s half-brother).

Cleopatra VII(born 69 B.C, the last one; related to Caesar and Mark Antony) was the daughter of Ptolemy VII Auletres; seventh generation after Ptolemy I. This is how she may have looked actually.

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English: Cleopatra_VII_tetradrachm_Ascalon_mint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
















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