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Bust of Ptolemy of Mauretania

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Bust of Ptolemy of Mauretania
Bust of Ptolemy of Mauretania

Roman marble bust of Ptolemy of Mauretania, grandson of Cleopatra VII Philopator and Marc Anthony. He was last Roman client king of Mauretania. Dated back to 1st century CE; located in Musei Vaticani, Vatican City.

Ptolemy lived at the turn of the centuries and sat on the Mauritanian throne as the successor of his father – Juba – in 23-40 CE. In practice, Mauritania was a client state and Rome derived substantial profits from its treasury.

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