Honors English 10P
9 February 2010
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt
The equality amongst woman and men has changed in a major way throughout time. Woman in history were very often ignored and not rewarded for their achievements or for their hard work. Although woman couldn’t make big decisions in earlier times, many of them helped change the world and everybody’s perspective on the female gender. Queen Cleopatra VII helped change the view on woman in certain ways and proved to her people that she can rule Egypt as well as a male could have done it. And because these women had their minds set to prove everybody wrong, the world now has equality with men and women.
Cleopatra VII, who is now known as Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, was born in Alexandria in the year of 69 BC. Her father was King Ptolemy Auletes and her mother was Cleopatra V. Although Queen Cleopatra and her family ruled Egypt, they were not Egyptian. They are said to be Macedonian, coming from descendants of Macedonia. Queen Cleopatra was the third born child of six. She had two older sisters, Cleopatra VI and Berenice IV, a younger sister, Arsinoe IV, and two younger brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. Unfortunately, death came soon for her older sister Cleopatra, she died as a child, for her other older sister Berenice, whom was beheaded by her father, and also for her father, Ptolemy Auletes. After the death of her two sisters and father, Queen Cleopatra and the rest of her family were put under Pompey‘s guardianship.
The young Cleopatra became fatherless at the age of eighteen, which is when she started her reign in Egypt in 51 BC. The rest of her family, which consisted of her mother, her younger sister Arsinoe, and her two brothers weren’t very united or close. They didn’t have much of a family bond and they didn’t seem to have much importance for each other. Her father wanted Cleopatra to inherit his reign and he passed it on to her, but...