Queen Cleopatra: Story of Love and Death

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Sarah Owens
12/2/10
Queen Cleopatra
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is by far one of the most famous queens of all times. At the time, Cleopatra ruled Egypt and she is very famous for her story of love and death. She was born in 69 BC in Alexandria. Her father was Ptolemy x11. Her mother was Cleopatra 5th of Egypt. Later on, Cleopatra had another sister and two younger brothers. By historians, Cleopatra is classified to be the last pharaoh of Egypt. She was 17 or 18 when she became queen of Egypt. Cleopatra was a seductive woman. She had charisma and enchanting musical voice. She spoke nine languages. She was the first pharaoh from the Ptolemy family to speak Egyptian. According to Egyptian tradition Cleopatra married her brother and co-ruler, Ptolemy x111, he was 12 at the time. It was only convenience. Cleopatra ruled Egypt alone. Her brother remained in the background. Ptolemy and Pothimus stripped Cleopatra of her power in forty eight BC. In Syria, she was forced into exile. Her sister Arsinoe went with her. Cleopatra was determined to get her throne back, so she set up an army on Egypt’s border. Vying with Julius Caesar, Pompey wants control of the Roman Empire. In order to seek protection, Pompey sailed to Alexandria after losing the battle of Pharsalos. The advisors of Ptolemy x111 thought they should side with Caesar for safety reasons. When Pompey came to Alexandria, he was stabbed to death while the pharaoh watched. Caesar later went to Alexandria. When he got near the city, he was approached by Ptolemy’s courtiers. They brought him a gift which was Pompey’s head. Once Pompey was Caesar’s friend. Caesar was overwhelmed by Pompey’s brutal murder so he marched into the city and took control of the palace. He soon started issuing orders. Cleopatra and Ptolemy were to discharge their armies and meet with Caesar so he could settle their problem. If Cleopatra entered the city openly, she would be killed by Ptolemy’s henchmen. She then put herself into...
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