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Facts About Cleopatra

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Mention the name of Cleopatra and you immediately think of movies such as Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor or other movies or images of the famous Egyptian queen. But there is more to her than just beauty and looks. She was a shrewd queen making alliances and governing her realm. She was also the last Pharaoh of Egypt. If you want to find out more about Cleopatra, take a look at the interesting facts listed below.

Cleopatra VII and her son, Ptolemy XV CaesarionCleopatra VII and Caesarion at the temple of Dendera.

Her full name

Cleopatra’s full name was Cleopatra Philopator Thea VII. Her mother was Cleopatra V and one of her sisters was also named Cleopatra V Tryphaena. She was the daughter of Cleopatra V and Ptolemy XII Auletes. After the death of her father, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos, she was made Pharaoh of the Dynasty of Ptolemaic.

Cleopatra’s lovers

Cleopatra had a way with the men. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, even her brother Ptolemy were part of her legacy. It is said that she married all three and had children by two. Those children are Caesarian, Alexander Helios, Ptolemy Philadelphus and Selene Cleopatra II. Selene Cleopatra II and Ptolemy were Mark Antony’s children while Caesarian and Alexander was Julius Caesar’s.

Mark Antony and Cleopatra

This was one of the greatest and most famous love stories of all time. After Caesar’s death, she and Mark Antony fell in love. They married and had two children. However, Mark Antony was misinformed about Cleopatra’s death and committed suicide on the battlefield. In shock and sorrow she forced an Egyptian cobra to bite her, thus bringing her life to an end at 39 years of age. Basically she committed suicide by the lethal bite of the cobra.

Other facts about Cleopatra

Cleopatra was not Egyptian but Macedonian. She is the only one of the entire dynasty that could speak in Egyptian and 8 other languages. After her death, Egypt became a Roman territory. Seven Cleopatra’s were in the dynasty. This is why she is noted with the title Cleopatra VII. She knew that she was Isis’s daughter and the snake bite would carry her to heaven and the Gods.