The Egyptologist Giuseppona Capriotti, a member of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), said on Friday that she identified a sandstone sculpture (discovered in 1918 near the temple of Hator, in Dendera), to the twin children of Cleopatra and Marco Antonio, dated between 50 and 30 BC.
- Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios, children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra
It is a work of little more than one meter in height that represents the figure of a boy hugging that of a girl.
According to the expert, this statue would represent Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selena II, the couple's twin children. Until now, the only work that represented the infants It is a sculpture of Selena.
The famous relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony another boy also produced, Ptolemy Philadelphus. The three children were taken to Rome after the suicide of the lovers and put in charge of the emperor's sister Octavio Augusto, Octavia. The woman was also the widow of Marco Antonio, so she accepted the descendants of her late husband in a positive way. Years later, Octavio arranged the marriage of Selena with Juba II from Mauritania but it is unknown what happened to the other two brothers.
Capriotti says that the boy has a solar disk on his head, while the girl has a crescent and a lunar disk. The snakes, maybe two cobras, would also be different, one representing the sun and one representing the moon. Both discs are decorated with the Eye of horus, a common symbol in the egyptian art.
- Sculpture of the children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra
“Unfortunately, the faces are not well preserved, but we can see that the boy has curly hair and a braid on the right side of the head, typical of Egyptian children. The girl's hair is arranged in a manner similar to that known as a 'melon hairstyle', often associated with the Ptolemaic dynasty and with Cleopatra in particular.”Added the expert.
If these are truly the children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, it would be the first representation of the two together that has been discovered.
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