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She was a fashion icon, a military leader, and a murderer. Few women can lay claim to all three titles, but Cleopatra was no ordinary woman. Born in 70 or 69 B.C.E., Cleopatra, who ruled Egypt for 21 of her 39 years, was a woman of great beauty and style. She was also a fierce leader who craved power and control. Among many other bold actions to maintain that power and control, Cleopatra optimized her social status, femininity and charm, and pure grit to personally lead a fleet of ships into battle, organize other military war efforts, and to take part in the death of three of her rival siblings.
One of the most interesting facts about Cleopatra is that she had no Egyptian blood running through her veins. Cleopatra VII Theos Philopator, which translates to Cleopatra the Father-Loving Goddess, was born into the Greek Ptolemaic family who ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death in 323 B.C.E.She was the second daughter of Ptolemy and possibly Cleopatra V Tryphaena or Cleopatra VI Tryphaena. Either one of these women could have been Ptolemy’s sister or cousin, it is not known for sure.
Even as a young girl, Cleopatra showed much promise as an intellect and future leader. She studied science, literature, philosophy, and became fluent in 9 languages, including Egyptian, which the rest of her family refused to speak.
While Cleopatra had the makings of a great and cherished leader, her father did not. Having allowed centralized power and corruption to flourish in Egypt, Ptolemy lost control of his dynasty and fled to Rome with the young Cleopatra in tow. Cleopatra VI Tryphaena took control of Egypt, but died soon after, some say from poison administered by Cleopatra’s older sister Berenice IV, who then assumed the crown. With Roman support, Ptolemy and young Cleopatra returned to Egypt in 55 B.C.E. and Ptolemy had Berenice imprisoned and later executed.
Come back tomorrow to hear about eighteen year old Cleopatra’s first marriage and her first taste of power.
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