Ptolemy XII Auletes


Portrait of Ptolemy XII Auletes, the ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt who was the famous Cleopatra’s father. He too has a nebulous maternal parentage, but some sources suggest his mother may have been a (native Egyptian?) concubine rather than his father’s “official” wife and Queen.

This is actually a gift for an African-American friend of mine named Donn, who has a special interest in ancient Egyptian and Kushite history. I based Ptolemy’s face off his.


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