Royals that were paraded

Like an exotic animal to be shown in a cage for those to marvel at, victorious Kings has made parading defeated Monarchs as a way of showing their people a victorious King has brought with him, there enemy. Today, we’re going to read about the unfortunate cases of Royals being paraded for the enemy to look at in complete humiliation. 

 

Zenobia: Warrior Queen of Palmyra

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           The 1st individual is Septimia Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra. A warrior Queen who had control of modern-day Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. She claimed herself as a descendant of Cleopatra, and though they’re no way for us to determine the validity of such claim. This most likely is more of a political act of justification for taking Egypt. This great warrior queen was married to a self-styled “King of Kings” King Septimius Odaenathus, the man who helped defeated the Persians and prevented there desire to conquer Rome’s eastern province. The Queen of Palmyra, Zenobia bore King Odaenathus, a son named Valballathus. His unfortunate demise came from a relative whose name was Maeonius; thus, consequently, the Queen, Zenobia, became regent until her son, Valballathus, would be of age to rule. She was, unfortunately, looking towards the desire to expand her empire; what this means is that during Rome’s crises, she would take advantage of the situation and would take Egypt and would focus her eyes towards more territorial expansion. According to the book “The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 226-363, This beautiful woman is said to have the whitest teeth, that they believed her teeth to be pearls and a voice as clear as a man. Living in a world dominated by man, she needed to be strong like a man, drink with her generals, and “Hunted with the eagerness of a Spaniard.” Her demise came when her Roman Enemy, Aurelian, defeated her in a great clash; her mighty military was unfortunately not equipped to deal with the experienced roman legion. When she lost her battles with Rome, she was chained and brought to Rome, where Roman citizens awaited to see the famously defeated warrior Queen Zenobia. 

Princess Arsinoe IV of Egypt, sister of Cleopatra

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Princess Arsinoe IV of Egypt was the 4th of 6 children and was the youngest among the children of Ptolemy XII Auletes. During the Alexandrian war, Princess Arsinoe went to great lengths to lead the Army against her sister, who herself was in an alliance with Julius Caesar. However, all of her attempts proved futile. In 48, Caesar decided to capture several members of the Ptolemaic Royal families, including Arsinoe IV, but fortunately for her, she managed to escape thanks to her eunuch mentor, Ganymedes. Princess Arsinoe IV and Ganymedes were able to reach Achillas, the commander of the Egyptian Army, but her mentor and Achillas didn’t get along. So much so, that she ordered his execution and consequently having Ganymedes, the new commander of the Egyptian Army. As Ganymedes and Princess Arinsinoe IV of Egypt consolidated their forces together, they fiercely clashed with Caesar. The hope that perhaps Princess Arsinoe IV could have defeated Julius Caesar was in vain. With Princess Arsinoe IV defeated and Ganymedes executed, Julius Caesar would have Princess Arsinoe IV captured and brought to Rome where the Roman citizenry awaited for the purely humiliated Princess to be paraded in the streets.

Cleopatra VII Philopator

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            Daughter of one of Alexander the Great’s great generals, Cleopatra was known for being a woman of exceptional beauty, exotic, and being an expert in seduction. Queen Cleopatra was known for speaking several languages, even the language of the people whom she would govern, which has gained her a very positive outlook from the Egyptians. Cleopatra was a woman who unfortunately was not well-liked by her brother, Ptolemy XIII, who went so far as to chase her out of Egypt where the princess gained refuge in modern-day Syria. She proved her strength and leadership and was able to muster a large army and lead them back to Egypt, which would begin the civil war in Pelusium. Cleopatra, a woman of exceptional beauty, went directly to Julius Caesar, who was in Alexandria. Cleopatra used her knowledge of Julius Caesar and gave him what he wanted, money for his return to Rome and debts paid, which were incurred by Auletes. Ptolemy XIII would soon realize that her sister, Cleopatra, was no longer alone and that his demise would quickly fall upon Julius Caesar’s sword. Julius Ceaser eventually fell in love with Cleopatra, and through this love did they both gain a child, Caesarion but horrible news would reach Cleopatra when Julius Caesar became assassinated. She would soon, fortunately, fall in love with another powerful man, Mark Anthony, who was currently in conflict within the triumvirate group. There were talks that Cleopatra sailed to Tarsus and fashioned herself in the robes of Isis, and Mark Anthony, who saw himself as the Dionysus, the Greek God, was seduced. They would eventually have children together, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, and lastly, Ptolemy Philadelphos. Mark Anthony was in love with Cleopatra and so declared Caesarion as Caesar’s son and rightful heir; he also awarded land to each of the children of Cleopatra. Octavion claimed Mark Anthony was under a spell and control of Cleopatra, and so did many people in the Roman senate. This love affair between Cleopatra and Mark Anthony would, unfortunately, end in the Battle of Actium.

      Interestingly, there was a false rumor that Cleopatra killed herself, and Mark Anthony believed it and so wanted to join her in the afterlife, very similar to the tragic fate of Romeo and Juliet. The grieving Queen, Cleopatra, with great sadness, said a prayer and buried Mark Anthony knowing that she will soon meet him in the afterlife where he awaits her. Before Octavian went to capture Cleopatra, the princess locked herself, with her several of her most loyal servants, and killed herself. While she walks away in the spirit world with Mark Anthony, her kids were paraded in her place, and the Roman people celebrated Octavian’s conquest of Egypt. 

Published by Kervin

I enjoy the sounds of birds and the peacefulness from the seas. I love nature and the beauty it offers man and reminds them everyday the importance of life and God's presence in many of them. I am a French Monarchist and one who takes joy in Royal histories.

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