- Jan 2017
- Virginia, USA
You're doing Zeus's work, Oda. That's an excellent genealogy and blog post you have there! Thanks for sharing.I actually wrote a bit about Cleopatra and her ancestry. I think you've seen it already Roma, but here it is. I came to the same conclusions as you did from looking at these contemporary and near contemporary depictions.
The Greco-Macedonian Cleopatra VII Philopator - Historum - History Forums
Given how there is only one recorded instance of an ethnic Egyptian mistress of a Ptolemaic ruler, it's suffice to say Cleopatra was most likely entirely Macedonian Greek. Well, besides that tiny amount of Sogdian-Persian ancestry inherited from Cleopatra I Syra (who in turn was descended from Queen Apama, wife of Seleucus I Nicator). Moreover, as these Roman paintings reveal (aligning perfectly with the iconography of her coinage), she also presented herself to her subjects and to the public as a regular Hellenistic Greek monarch, so not exactly the Hollywood-style depiction of her decked out in Egyptian garb (although she undoubtedly wore this when conducting rituals at Egyptian temples dedicated to Egyptian gods instead of Greek ones). Of her Roman busts, only one has her wearing an Egyptian vulture-style headdress. The rest depict her wearing a diadem, like found in her coinage and paintings.