She was a talented and resourceful individual of great charm but ruthless when she felt she had to be. Cleopatra was the only one of her family that learned to speak the Egyptian Coptic language. She knew a half dozen to a dozen other languages. She was an educated intellectual and a capable administrator.
March 13, She was also the last true pharaoh of Egypt.
Cleopatra ruled an empire that included Egypt, Cyprus, part of modern-day Libya and other territories in the Middle East. Modern-day depictions of her tend to depict a woman of great physical beauty and seductive skills — indeed, her romantic involvements with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have been immortalized in art, music and literature for centuries.
However, a number of ancient records, as well as recent historical research, tell a different story. Rather than some sort of sex kitten, they tell of an intelligent, multilingual, female ruler who affirmed her right to rule Egypt and other territories.
The Ptolemies were descended from a Macedonian general who had served under Alexander the Great.
Although they had ruled Egypt for nearly three centuries, their kingdom was eclipsed by the power of Rome and there was a great deal of internal dissension that eventually led to Cleopatra fighting against her own brother.
Cleopatra was the daughter of Ptolemy XII and a mother whose identity we do not know. Ptolemy XII reign B. She was succeeded by another woman named Berenice IV. After the king died in 51 B. Ptolemy XIII and his advisers refused to acknowledge this arrangement and fighting broke out between them, with Cleopatra being forced to flee the royal palace.
It would be Julius Caesar who helped Cleopatra regain her throne. Caesar and Cleopatra Caesar was about 30 years older than Cleopatra, and his arrival in Egypt was something of an accident.
He had been fighting a civil war against the Roman general Pompey. After a series of defeats, Pompey fled to Egypt in 48 B.
The young pharaoh decided that Pompey was more trouble than he was worth and had him executed. Cleopatra, however, managed to sneak into the palace in Alexandria and successfully plead her case to Caesar, something that surprised and enraged Ptolemy XIII.
Rushing from the palace he ripped off his diadem and, in a well-orchestrated public display of anger, the crowd surged forward, intent on mobbing the palace. The two became intimate and had a son known as Caesarion although Caesar was said to have been hesitant to acknowledge that the child was his.
Cleopatra also had her sister Arsinoe IV killed. Ancient writers say that she was in Rome when the assassination occurred and she quickly returned to Egypt.To regard Cleopatra as an Egyptian ruler instead of a male myth, and to assess her using scholarly and archeological tools, is a worthy goal.
It seems long overdue. Request Reprint or Submit. The Timeline of the Life of Cleopatra Cleopatra was a queen of Egypt but she was not Egyptian.
She was the last of the Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great's death in BCE to about 30 BCE.
She was a talented and resourceful individual of great charm but ruthless when she felt she had to be. Caesar, who does not think highly of Cleopatra, wishes to exhibit her as a trophy of war “in Rome, as [ ] mechanic slaves with greasy aprons, rules, and hammers” (Shakespeare V.
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1. Cleopatra was not Egyptian. While Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander the Great’s generals.
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