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Period 3, Dec. 10th The most independent seductress of her time, Cleopatra is a name most people know from early on. Remembered for her beauty, charm, and knowledge, Cleopatra was the greatest and most remembered Egyptian ruler of all time. She was born in 69 B.C. in Alexandria, Egypt, and grew up in the royal palace located in Bruchion. At a young age, Cleopatra started studying Greek philosophy, poetry, music, math, and language. Her knowledge of so many things impressed a lot of people, and it helped her conquer many things in her life. She wasn’t very close to her family, but when she was around her dad, all she saw was him trying to ally himself with Rome. She learned from a young age that if she could get the support of Rome by her side, and secretly get them to do things that benefited Egypt, she would make Egypt an independent country, Her dad wanted Cleopatra to rule with her brother alongside her, but she was so determined to be powerful that Cleopatra decided to rule alone once her father passed away. The people of Egypt didn’t like her for allying Egypt with Rome so much, but she knew that there were ways of seducing Rome into doing things that actually benefited Egypt. Her brother (who was supposed to rule alongside her) used this against her and overthrew her. I believe she was more upset that she wasn’t queen anymore, than feeling betrayed by her brother for doing this, because they were never close. With the help of Julius Cesar she regained control of Egypt. She had three kids from two different dads, Julius Cesar and Antony. I believe that she did love the two fathers, to an extent, but her determination for power overthrew her “want” to have a family. Cesar died, and a man named Octavian wanted to rule Rome. Antony fought against him for this, and Cleopatra gave him her full support. Antony died, and Cleopatra was tricked into losing her power to Octavian. After Antony died, Cleopatra committed suicide. She was upset that he was dead, of course, but she was overwhelmed by the idea that her reign was coming to an end, and her power would be gone. Egyptians continued to honor her 50 years later, even though she aligned herself with Rome so much. They knew she was just trying to make Egypt more independent. After Octavian ruled Egypt after Cleopatra’s death, she became Egypt’s symbol of the past. People see her as bold and clever. She was strong, intelligent, fierce, and determined to get what she wanted. 19th and 20th century women idolized her because they also wanted to be independent. Most people nowadays don’t remember any men who ruled Egypt, but almost everyone can remember the name Cleopatra. Today, in our country at least, women don’t get titles like queen or anything. But instead of just taking care of the family, and the house, they’re lawyers, doctors, managers, and they’re also involved in politics, much like Cleopatra was. Cleopatra is the most remembered Egyptian ruler. Her charm, beauty, and wit changed the word forever. She inspired women who had been dominated for years, and they took a stand. Just the mention of her name practically gave women the backbone they needed. Works Cited
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