This gown is named after Queen Cleopatra Selene II, the only daughter to Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark Antony.
Subtle recurring diagonal lines of beaded crystals make a patterned border along this strapless satin dress bodice and right above the knee for this trumpet silhouette skirt with a pleated chiffon bottom.
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This statement necklace has gorgeous white glass pearls, Swarovski crystals, rhinestone bead balls, and hand blown faceted glass beads on a crocheted wire bed. Vintage rhinestone piece at center front. Lobster closure with chain extender.
About Queen Cleopatra Selene II
Cleopatra Selene II (25 December 40 BC – between 9 March 5 BC and 6BC), also known as Cleopatra VIII of Egypt or Cleopatra VIII. She was the only daughter to Greek Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark Antony. She was the fraternal twin of Ptolemaic prince Alexander Helios. Her second name in ancient Greek means “moon”, being the counterpart of her twin brother‘s second name Helios, meaning “sun”. She was of Greek and Roman heritage. Cleopatra was born, raised and educated in Alexandria, Egypt. In late 34 BC, and she was made ruler of Cyrenaica.
Her parents, Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII, were defeated by Octavian (future Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus), during a naval battle at Actium, Greece in 31 BC. In 30 BC, her parents committed suicide as Octavian and his army invaded Egypt. Octavian took Cleopatra and her brothers from Egypt to Italy.
Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for Cleopatra to marry King Juba II of Numidia in Rome. After their marriage, Juba and Cleopatra could not return to Numidia as it had been provincialized in 46 BC. Therefore the couple became rulers of Mauretania, a Roman territory.
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