Cleopatra was queen of Egypt, Cyrene and Cyprus, heir to the long and proud dynasty of the Ptolemies … a passionate but also very astute woman who had maneuvered Rome – and would maneuver Rome again – into advancing the interests of the Ptolematic legacy.
Cleopatra had her husband, Mark Antony, order the death of her younger sister, Arsinoe, in 41 BC. Her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, ruled with her for a brief time; however, Ptolemy XIII lost his life in an ensuing battle while Cleopatra reportedly poisoned Ptolemy XIV after the birth of Caesarion.
Cleopatra Milk Bath
To stay looking young and to preserve her skin, the queen Cleopatra is believed to have bathed regularly in milk.
It appears that Cleopatra may not have been as beautiful and attractive as initially believed after archaeologists found a 2,000 year old silver coin concealed in a bank vault. A study of the silver coin found that Cleopatra had a sharp nose, thin lips and pointed chin.
Philosopher, Chemist And Mathematician
According to Medieval Arabic texts, Cleopatra was a brilliant philosopher, chemist and mathematician who wrote books on science and met weekly with scientific experts. The real Cleopatra was an intelligent woman and not a seductress.
Queen Of Egypt
At a young age of 18, Cleopatra became Queen of Egypt. However, the downside was that she had to share her role as pharaoh with her younger brother Ptolemy XIII.
Roman And Greek Heritage
While Cleopatra is one of the most popular Egyptian rulers in history, she had not a drop of Egyptian blood. She was of Roman and Greek heritage.
The Egyptian queen lived closer in time to the first lunar landing than to the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to 30 BC. Her life started a full 2491 years after the Great Pyramid of Giza; which was finished around 2560 BC. However, the first moon landing in 1969 AD took place less than 2,000 years after the queen’s death in 30 BC.
The tomb of Cleopatra have never been found. It was common for tombs to be plundered in antiquity.