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Alexander Helios


Who is Alexander Helios?

Alexander Helios was a Ptolemaic prince and was the eldest son of Greek Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark Antony. His fraternal twin was Cleopatra Selene II. He was of Greek and Roman heritage. Cleopatra named him Alexander in honour of her Macedonian heritage, and after her maternal grandfather. His second name in Ancient Greek means "Sun"; this was the counterpart of his twin sister’s second name Selene, meaning "Moon".

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Google previewA Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (2002)

by Dr Rosalie David, Anthony E. David

Thus Cleopatra obtained Egypt, Cyprus, Libya and Coele Syria, while Alexander Helios received Armenia, Media and Parthia.

Google previewDictionary of Minor Planet Names (2012)

by Lutz D. Schmadel

Twins Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene II were born 40 B.C. from the relationship between Cleopatra VII, last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, and Mark Antony, politician and General, of the Roman republic. Cleopatra Selene II married the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Classical Dictionary (2012)

by Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, Esther Eidinow

Cleopatra ruled Egypt and Caesarion Cyprus as Queen of Kings and King of Kings; Antony's children Alexander Helios (the Sun) and Ptolemy Philadelphus were named kings east and west of the Euphrates respectively, with Cleopatra ...

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