Cleopatra Beauty Analysis

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Another stance often taken on this issue is that Cleopatra was plain in appearance until she opened her mouth and exhibited her charm, wit, and vast knowledge across many topics. Under this viewpoint, Cleopatra’s beauty did not lead to her success, but rather she achieved it through other means. A primary source, Plutarch, describes when Cleopatra first met Mark Antony. On her journey she took money, gifts, other objects of great wealth, as well as her most valuable trait: her charm. Plutarch states that her beauty was not so remarkable or outstanding, but rather her presence and state of being was attractive and irresistible. In addition, her conversation, the topics she discussed, and all that she did was captivating to the people she interacted …show more content…
Another key factor that describes Cleopatra as being more average than extraordinary in appearance is the variation in portraits and depictions of the queen. Contemporary images of the queen indicate that she was not incredibly beautiful and her portrait depictions were generally split into three categories. In one category, she was depicted in Egyptian-style, with traditional Egyptian robes and accessories, in another she was dressed in classical Roman dress and hairstyle, and in the coins that were produced during her reign she was most lifelike and realistic, according to most historian accounts. In the coins, Cleopatra is described as having an appearance that was more determined than beautiful or desirable. This depiction matches accounts of Cleopatra because she is described as an average-looking woman with high aspirations, power, and the determination necessary to achieve the success and position of authority that she had for most of her life. Similarly, another less typical understanding of Cleopatra is that she was both incredibly beautiful and …show more content…
She was brilliant to see, listen to, and spend time with. She could subdue everyone, even men such as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. With so many positive qualities, it is easy to see how Cleopatra would have gotten to the throne as young and easily as she seemed to have. All of these interpretations of Cleopatra are valid and debatable, and in most historical accounts she was described as having a brilliant personality. She was renowned for her intellect, and this is what led to her power and success as ruler of Egypt. Regardless of whether she really was incredibly beautiful or more average, Cleopatra still convinced two of the most powerful men at the time to be her lovers. She could have achieved this through sheer seduction and opportunistic use of her beauty, or she could have simply used her intellect to endear herself to the men who mattered. As Tyledesley states, Cleopatra was above all an astute politician who attempted to resist the growing Roman Kingdom by means of forming

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