Alexander Helios

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Alexander Helios (40 BC – ? ) was the son of Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony), and the twin brother of Cleopatra Selene.

Although they were still children, for reasons of state he was married to Iotapa (b. 43 BC), daughter of the king of Media, in 33 B.C.. In the Autumn of 34 BC, at the "Donation of Alexandria", Alexander was crowned ruler of Armenia, Media and Parthia. Those titles were largely nominal, however, because all three thrones were already occupied by others: respectively, Artavasdes II of Armenia, Artavasdes I of Media and Phraates IV of Parthia. His parents probably intended that he should succeed to those thrones in due course.

After Caesar Augustus (Octavian) invaded Egypt and his parents committed suicide, his sister, Cleopatra Selene, and younger brother, Ptolemy Philadelphus, were taken to Rome and paraded through the streets in golden chains. The three siblings were raised by Octavia, a sister of Caesar Augustus to whom Marcus Antonius had been married. But after Cleopatra Selene married Juba II (approx. 26 BC), Alexander and his younger brother disappear. It is suspected that they were murdered, coincidentally at the same time as Herod the Great was visiting Rome; given Herod's hatred of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, strong suspicions exist that he may have convinced Augustus to get rid of the two boys.da:Alexander Helios

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