Who are the children and grandchildren of Cleopatra Selene II, queen of Mauretania and Cyrenaica?

Children of Cleopatra Selene II

Cleopatra Selene II had two children with her husband Juba II of Numidia and Mauretania. They were:

1-  Ptolemy of Mauretania

 Ptolemy of Mauretania was born around 10 BC as the son of Juba II, the king of Numidia and Mauretania, and Cleopatra Selene II, the daughter of Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Mark Antony. He was named after his maternal ancestors, the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt. He was raised and educated in Caesaria, the capital of Mauretania, and became Romanized.

He succeeded his father as king of Mauretania around 23 AD and ruled as a client king and ally of Rome. He helped the Roman governor of Africa to suppress a Berber revolt in Numidia and Mauretania in 24 AD and was rewarded by the emperor Tiberius with confirmation of his royal status.

He was a friend and patron of arts and sciences and supported many Greek and Roman writers and scholars. He also minted coins with his own image and that of his parents or other Roman emperors. 

He was married to Julia Urania, a princess of uncertain origin who may have been related to the Herodian dynasty or the Parthian Arsacids. He had a son named Drusus, who succeeded him as king of Mauretania.

He was assassinated by order of the emperor Caligula in 40 AD, who was jealous of his popularity and wealth. His death sparked a rebellion in Mauretania, which was eventually crushed by the Romans and divided into two provinces.

Ptolemy of Mauretania was the last known living descendant of Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Mark Antony, as well as the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty. He was also the last independent king of Mauretania before it became a Roman province.

He was remembered as a cultured and generous monarch who fostered the development of literature, philosophy, astronomy, medicine and geography in his kingdom. He also maintained good relations with Rome and contributed to its stability and prosperity in North Africa.

He left behind a son, Drusus, who ruled briefly as king of Mauretania until he was killed by Caligula's successor Claudius in 42 AD. His granddaughter Drusilla married Marcus Antonius Felix, the Roman procurator of Judea, and became an ancestor of several prominent Roman families. 

2 - The daughter of Cleopatra Selene II 

Cleopatra Selene II had a second daughter whose name is unknown, but who may have been called Drusilla. She was born sometime after her brother Ptolemy of Mauretania, who was born around 10 BC. She was named after her paternal grandmother, Drusilla of Mauretania the Elder, who was a daughter of Antony and Octavia the Younger.

The fate of Cleopatra Selene's second daughter is uncertain, but she may have died young or married a local nobleman. She does not appear in any historical records after her mother's death in 5 BC. She may have been overshadowed by her brother, who became king of Mauretania and a prominent figure in Roman politics until his execution by Caligula in 40 AD.

Cleopatra Selene's second daughter did not leave any known descendants or impact on history. She was one of the last living members of the Ptolemaic dynasty and the Antony family. She was also one of the few female rulers of Mauretania, a kingdom that was later annexed by Rome and divided into two provinces.

Grandchildren of Cleopatra Selene II

Cleopatra Selene II had at least one grandchild through her son Ptolemy. She was:

- Drusilla of Mauretania

Drusilla of Mauretania (Greek: Δρουσίλλη; AD 38–79) was a princess of the Roman client kingdom of Mauretania in North Africa. She was the daughter of Ptolemy of Mauretania and thus a great-granddaughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. She was married to the procurator Marcus Antonius Felix in the reign of Roman emperor Claudius and later the Emesene priest-king Sohaemus.

Drusilla was probably raised in the imperial family in Rome after her father's execution by Caligula in 40 AD. Around 53 AD, Claudius arranged for her to marry Marcus Antonius Felix, a Greek freedman who was the Roman governor of Judea. She held the Latin honorary title of Regina (queen), which may have been a sign of her royal status or her husband's influence. However, Felix divorced her around 56 AD when he fell in love with another Drusilla, a Herodian princess and sister of Agrippa II.

In 56 AD, Drusilla married her distant relative Sohaemus, who was the priest-king of Emesa, a Roman client kingdom in Syria. He was the priest of El-Gebal, the Syrian sun god. Through this marriage, Drusilla became queen consort of Emesa and a member of the royal family of Emesa, which claimed descent from Alexander the Great and Darius I of Persia.

Drusilla died in 79 AD, probably in Emesa. She had no known children from either of her marriages. She was one of the last living descendants of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony, as well as one of the few female rulers of Mauretania and Emesa. She was also a link between the Roman and Parthian worlds, as she had connections with both empires through her marriages and ancestry.


It is possible that Cleopatra Selene II had other grandchildren through her daughter, but their names and fates are unknown.