Porus News: Alexander’s sister Cleopatra – The Princess of Macedonia
This Cleopatra was born much before the very famous Cleopatra, the ruler of Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt who shared a deep relationship with Julius Ceaser and later with Mark Antony. Yes, she was also the biological sister of Alexander the Great. She grew up mostly in the care of her mother Olympias at the Macedonian city of Pella. When Philip II fall in love with a Macedonian woman, Olympias and her son Alexander went into exile to her brother’s kingdom of Epirus but Cleopatra stayed with her father. She was 2 years younger to Alexander. The king of Epirus, the Macedonian King Philips II arranged his daughter Cleopatra’s wedding to him. So, Cleopatra married her maternal uncle and became the Queen of Epirus. At the wedding ceremony of Alexander’s sister Cleopatra at Aegae, her father Philip II was murdered by Pausanias of Orestis when he was entering unprotected into the town’s theater by one of his seven bodyguards. His murderer however escaped with his associates but was later killed by Philip’s bodyguards. When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, almost all his generals in order to strengthen their influence expressed interest in marrying Cleopatra. Leonnatus was the first to claim her hand and he also received a promise of marriage. However, he died in 322 BC. Post his death, it was Perdiccas who tried to send her a proposal followed by three other generals – Cassander, Lysimachus, and Antigonus. Cleopatra however refused all of these offers. When she gave her consent to a proposal from Ptolemy she was captured and brought to Sardis.