Saturday, May 12, 2012

Italian 'finds' sculpture of Antony and Cleopatra's twins

An Italian expert said on Friday that she had identified a sculpture in Cairo's Egyptian Museum as depicting the twin children of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Egyptologist Giuseppina Capriotti of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) said that an approximately one-metre-high sculpture of a boy and girl embracing is of is the ancient lovers' offspring, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene II. The famous relationship between Cleopatra and Antony also produced a third child after the twins, Ptolemy Philadelphus. Capriotti said that the only other works depicting either of the twins is a coin and a sculpture of Selene.