A Look at the Last Pharaoh of Egypt


Drawing of Cleopatra

Who Was Cleopatra?

Born in 69 B.C., Cleopatra VII was part of the Macedonian dynasty that took over rule of Egypt in the late 4th century B.C. She was the last queen and active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. She was also a woman of many talents; she was regarded as a diplomat, naval commander, administrator, linguist, and medical author. She was a descendant of a Macedonian Greek general and was also an associate of Alexander the Great. During her reign, she forged political alliances and became romantically involved with Roman military leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, until her death in 30 B.C. One of the world’s most famous rulers; Cleopatra's life inspired William Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra and numerous film dramatizations.

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