Circa 26 BC, Cleopatra Selene II, daughter to the late Marc Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt, was married to King Juba II of Numidia at Rome, in a ceremony arranged by Augustus himself.
Octavian had captured Cleopatra Selene and her two brothers (Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelphus) during his invasion of Egypt in 30 BC, and took them from Egypt to Italy, where (after their being paraded through the streets of Rome in golden chains during Octavian’s triple triumph of 29 BC) they were sent to the household and guardianship of Augustus’ elder sister (and former wife of Marc Antony), Octavia the Younger. Both of Selene’s brothers died within the next three years, either from illness or assassination.
Selene, however, was raised more or less as a Roman princess. Her marriage to the King of Numidia was arranged by Augustus himself, and she was granted a huge dowry on her wedding day. The new royal couple were then sent to take ownership of Mauretania (in modern Algeria), Numidia having recently become a Roman Province.
Cleopatra remained a Roman ally and lived until circa 5 BC (the date of her death is disputed by scholars)
; upon her death her body was placed in the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, built by her and Juba east of Caesarea and still visible in modern Tipaza, Algeria. A fragmentary inscription was dedicated to Juba and Cleopatra, as the King and Queen of Mauretania.
- Nonfiction Books:
- Wikipedia: Cleopatra Selene II, Juba II
- Vicky Alvear Shecter: The Historical Guide to Cleopatra’s Daughter, Selene
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