Compare And Contrast Zetian And Cleopatra
After the death of Ptolemy, Cleopatra pursued Caesar, who was dictator to Rome, because even though Egypt was rich she needed and wanted the military power of Rome. She used her beauty and mutual interests to entice him into becoming her lover. Cleopatra’s wealth and sophistication made Rome nobility jealous and suspicious of Caesar’s allegiances so the Senate assassinated him which crushed her hopes of influence and power. As Empress Wu, she took over administration duties of the court, “a position equal to the emperor,” when Emperor Kao Tsung suffered a stroke. She did things to aid in her success like create secret police forces to keep an eye on whoever opposed her. She also cruelly jailed and killed anyone who stood in her way. After the death of Emperor Kao Tsung, Empress Wu maneuvered a fast one to put her weakest, youngest son into power that way she could rule but behind closed doors. Like Wu Zetian, Cleopatra “poisoned her youngest brother so that she could put her son, Caesarian in his place” ( ). This way she could also rule but behind closed doors. Mark Antony was in control of the Eastern Roman Empire and therefore his need for money lead him to Cleopatra. She was thrilled by this because “she saw this as another chance to achieve her ambition of making Egypt a great power again” ( ).