Monday, November 17, 2008

Cleopatra: The Ultimate Queen

Romanticizing an historical figure is nothing new. Many have been over the years including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar, King Arthur and many others. One figure stands out in history as an intriguing, passionate and yet clever leader. That is Cleopatra, the Egyptian leader who became known as the Queen of the Nile. She headed Egypt, which was a world power at the time and she romanced some of Rome’s greatest leaders including Caesar. In books, movies, and a few plays, Cleopatra has been glamorized as a Hollywood starlet. The real Cleopatra may not have been Elizabeth Taylor, but she still lived a fascinating life that still captures the imagination of historians and movie buffs alike.

Cleopatra VII Philopator was born in January 69 B.C. She shared her role as ruler of Egypt with her father and brothers before she became its sole leader. Cleopatra did achieve Pharaoh status. She was the last Pharaoh of Egypt.

Her famous liaison with Julius Caesar assisted her hold on Egypt’s throne. When he was assassinated, she paired with Marc Anthony, a Roman general. She had three children with Marc Anthony and one with Caesar. Caesarion, Cleopatra’s son with Caesar, was executed on orders from Augustus Caesar, most likely by strangulation.
Cleopatra spoke Greek as her first language; however, she did take the time to learn Egyptian, something that made her more popular with the Egyptians. In addition, Cleopatra learned the ways and beliefs of the Egyptians solidifying her position as Pharaoh even more.

Cleopatra’s death has been just as glamorized as her life. Strabo, a Greek historian, geographer and philosopher, records that Cleopatra died as a result of an asp bite. Poets in Rome also mention Cleopatra’s death by asp. Other stories say that Cleopatra died from a toxic ointment. The reason for her suicide stems from the fact that Actium and Julius Caesar Octavian, who later became Augustus Caesar, defeated Marc Anthony in battle. It is believed Cleopatra died Aug. 12, 30 B.C.

Cleopatra has become known as a seductress of sorts, someone who used her sexuality to gain what she wanted. While it cannot be augured that Cleopatra romanced some of the great leaders of her day, it can also be said she demonstrated patriotism while ruling Egypt. Regardless, Cleopatra is still considered one of the most storied and romanticized figures in the annuals of history. Read more about Cleopatra at:

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cleopatra: Her Myster Endures

Elizabeth Taylor portrayed her as a queen who seduced many great men. History shows her to be ruthless, but a generally well-liked, leader. Who was Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile? Although she has been glamorized in the movies, books and plays, Cleopatra remains one of history’s most enduring figures. Her ability to maintain power while courting some of the great leaders of that time is remarkable. It tells of a woman who knew what she wanted and how to get it. On the Smithsonian Magazine website, there is an article about a fascinating discovery about Cleopatra, which has only come to light in 2007.

Cleopatra: Romance, intrigue and mystery
One of interesting facets about Cleopatra’s life was that she was able to seduce great leaders such as Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Cleopatra romanced with Caesar and had a child with him. She had three with Anthony. Her death has also been a source of intrigue and mystery. It is commonly believed that Cleopatra died from the bite of an asp. She apparently used the asp to commit suicide after Anthony was defeated in battle. She had previously ruled Egypt with her brother, Ptolemy XIII, until he died. She was last Pharaoh in Egypt.

Read More About Cleopatra: The Queen of the Nile
To read more about the life and romances of Cleopatra, read Smithsonian Magazine’s fascinating article. It is available at their main website. You can visit the website by logging on to

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Cleopatra The Great

Whether you love watching movies about Cleopatra, reading books, attending theater, etc the personality of Cleopatra is infamous. One of the most famous queens from the ancient world and one of the most savvy and ruthless politicians, Cleopatra ruled in an exciting period of time and created alliances with some of the great men of history. While her life was tragic in the end, there is plenty to learn from this great lady.

Cleopatra was born to King Ptolemy the XII. She was forced to share power with her brother Ptolemy the XIII and through a power struggle and smart political alliances took over the throne of Egypt. As she vowed never to have another struggle with her siblings, she murdered her remaining brother and sister. Regarding alliances, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt had plenty of problems remaining stable and in power. She had to find alliances that were powerful and influential. Originally, she found an alliance with Julius Caesar, however at his untimely death, she was forced once again to seek out an alliance- this time with Marc Antony which not only offered her protection, but true, passionate love. In fact, she had two children with Marc Antony and their tragic love is well known through the ages.

To read more about the great Cleopatra, the Smithsonian Magazine offers an insightful article on who the real Cleopatra is. You can read it today at the following link:

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Monday, November 3, 2008

The Political Cleopatra

Cleopatra is known for infamous beauty, love affairs with both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and her political savvy which kept her in power as the Queen of Egypt. While her name and personality lives on in today’s cinema, books, theater, etc there is plenty that is still uncovered about the real Cleopatra.

Cleopatra: Political Savvy
Cleopatra was born to the king of Egypt- PtolemyX11, she was forced to marry and share the throne with her brother Ptolemy X111. However, due to her political savvy, she was able to unseat her brother and keep control of the entire kingdom. In fact, in the process of controlling the kingdom of Egypt, she had her remaining brother and sister killed so there would no longer be a chance for a political squabble. Throughout her life, since she had quite a few enemies, she used her charm and beauty to seduce major politicians such as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony for political alliances. In the latter case, she had a torrid love affair- one that was full of so much passion, love and heartbreak it still stirs the masses today.

Read More About Cleopatra
For those interested in Cleopatra, the Smithsonian Magazine offers an intriguing article about her. To read it, please visit our main website at the following link:

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile

One of the most popular historical figures to constantly be showcased in the cinema, theater, books and TV is Cleopatra. There is no denying that Cleopatra had an incredibly interesting life and that her story is not only fantastic, but full of intrigue, sorrow and passion. While many that are enthralled with Cleopatra are usually interested in her historic love affairs with some of the great men in history, there has been much research done on Cleopatra recently which has uncovered incredible facts about her life. If you are fascinated with Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile, you will definitely love the article that Smithsonian Magazine is currently offering at their website.

Cleopatra: Seductress of the Ages
One of the reasons that many are fascinated with Cleopatra is that she seduced some of the most powerful men in the history of the world. She was born to the pharaoh of Egypt Ptolemy XII. Along with her brother, Ptolemy XIII she jointly shared the throne. In fact, she was legally married to her brother, however a power struggle ensued that lasted for years. Ultimately, her brother died and she became the sole ruler of Egypt. However, in these days, it was important to align yourself politically with a ruler that would offer protection and since Cleopatra had many enemies and those that would like to steal power from her, she required one of the strongest alliances available.

She infamously involved herself with Julius Caesar and even had a child with him to ensure that the throne of Egypt was safe in her hands. Cleopatra was very politically savvy and did not let anything stand in her way and power. In fact, after coming to sole power after the death of Ptolemy XIII, she had her remaining brother and sister killed so that no one would contest the throne.

While Julius Caesar proved a very important alliance, he was murdered and forced her to find another great man and strong ruler to protect her empire. The man that she finally fell in love with was Marc Antony. Eventually Cleopatra would have two kids with him and their love affair would be known for its passion throughout the ages.

Read More About Cleopatra: The Queen of the Nile
To read more about Cleopatra, her life and personality, the Smithsonian Magazine offers an insightful article. It is available at their main website which you can visit by following the link:

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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Political Savvy Cleopatra

Cleopatra is one of the most infamous historical figures. Throughout the millennia and certainly during the last century, Cleopatra has fascinated millions of people with her beauty, political savvy and sad life story. While portrayed as one of the most beautiful ladies to ever walk the earth in movies, books, theater, etc, many of those that have showed interest in the life of Cleopatra do not know all the facts about her life. In fact, new research today has uncovered a wide variety of evidence to suggest her life was much different than most people assumed. For those intrigued by the beauty and allure of Cleopatra, the Smithsonian Magazine has an article available for your reading pleasure.

Cleopatra- the Egyptian Pharaoh
Cleopatra was the daughter of Pharaoh Ptolemy XII Auletes and during this time it was customary to marry your brother and share the throne. As a young woman, Cleopatra was married to her brother Ptolemy XIII. While these marriages were created to stabilize power, Cleopatra and her brother had political quarrels which developed into a power struggle. In order to hold power, Cleopatra had to find allies that would help protect her right to the throne and this came in the mighty Roman Caesar.

Cleopatra the Savvy Politician
Cleopatra would find that she yearned for power and searching for alliances to hold power she built strong political alliances throughout Egypt and the ancient world. With Caesar on her side, she was able to retain the throne once her brother died (mysteriously drowning in a pool). And once Queen of Egypt, she sought to make sure that she and she alone held its power by murdering her other siblings so they would not depose her.

Once Caesar was murdered, it was clear that Cleopatra had a big problem. She was forced to find strong allies or risk losing her power. With her political savvy and her allure and charm, Cleopatra seduced and fell madly in love with Mark Antony. Throughout the years, she had 2 children with Mark Antony and their relationship was that of Hollywood movies- real, passionate love.

Read More About Cleopatra the Last Pharaoh of Egypt
Cleopatra's love affair with Mark Antony is a story of the ages and how this love affair ends is a truly incredible story. To read more about Cleopatra, her life, her political alliances and new information that has been discovered about her, please visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s main website at the following link:

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Cleopatra and her Political Savvy

Cleopatra is known throughout the world as one of the most beautiful woman that has ever walked the earth. Her story has become infamous and continues to pique the interest of all cultures throughout the millennia. In the last century, her life still intriguing became one of the most successful motion pictures including an appearance of one of our most beautiful woman of the time- actress Elizabeth Taylor. With plenty of media such as cinema, books, theaters, etc focused on the life of Cleopatra, it is fascinating, that so much is still unknown about this infamous figure.

Who is the Real Cleopatra?
Cleopatra has long been embodied with the traits of beauty, political savvy, being a seductress and being ruthless to her political opponents. In fact, being once married to her brother-sharing power of Egypt, she had a huge power struggle and many say had her brother killed. After gaining control of the Egyptian empire, she continued to consolidate her power by murdering both her brother and sister to ensure no other member would fight her for power. However, even with no rightful heirs to the throne, she still had enemies and relied on the strongest political figures of the day to help her- Caesar and Mark Antony- both of which she had children with.

Read More About Cleopatra
The Smithsonian Magazine has a very interesting article about Cleopatra, to read it please visit our main website at the following link:

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