How Did Cleopatra Die?
The lover of the strongest men of Rome met the most unsettling end.
Cleopatra is a name that has been recalled for centuries for many reasons. Cleopatra VII Philopator was the queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt from 51 to 30 B.C. A descendant of a Macedonian Greek General who was also a companion of Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra became the most famous part of history. When Alexander died, his vast empire was divided equally among his generals, and Egypt was given to Ptolemy I Soter. When the throne was given to Cleopatra, she acted as a co-regent to her father, then her two younger brothers, and lastly her son after which her rule ended due to unfortunate circumstances.
She was a Brilliant Leader
Cleopatra’s leading skills became the reason why Egypt thrived even in difficult times and hence, she became a dynamic figure in history. Talking about her childhood, her father Ptolemy XII died in 51 BC giving away the rule to Cleopatra and her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII who took over the throne after they got married to each other. In ancient Egypt, there was a tradition of marrying one’s siblings to keep the power within their hold. Cleopatra, however, was not settled by the rules or the marriage and reportedly fled to Syria, forged her army of mercenaries, and came back to win over the throne she deserved. With the help of her charms and wit, she knew exactly what she had to do and within no time she took Gaius Julius Caesar into her alliance and soon he became her lover.
Caesar was a prominent figure in Rome. He was strong and determined. He and Cleopatra together forged their armies, attacked the kingdom of Egypt and took down her brother. Egypt became a part of Rome and the authority was given to Cleopatra. It was not long after that Caesar married Cleopatra and she got pregnant and bore a son. Caesar never publicly said that the son was his but she named him Caesarian, or little Caesar, which made it pretty clear. Gaius at the time lived in Pompey, and came back and forth to Egypt to meet his beloved wife and son but soon shifted to Rome and became a powerful…