The Achievements Of Cleopatra And The Monarch Of Ancient Egypt

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In the ancient world, if women want to make achievements, they often had to more effort than men. Wisdom, beauty and bloodline were all absolutely necessary for woman who want to be a monarch. Cleopatra VII was a woman who had done that. When her father Ptolemy XII died in 51 BC, Cleopatra became co-regent with her brother Ptolemy XIII. Cleopatra was not only beautiful, but also she was a highly clever woman and an astute politician. In history, she was believed that brought prosperity and peace to a country that was bankrupt and split by civil war. (BBC, 2014) That makes her one of the most famous monarch of ancient Egypt.
Many people want to know who was Cleopatra and how she became the monarch of Egypt. Cleopatra was not an Egyptian. In
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So Cleopatra need a staunchest ally help her stabilize her political power.Cleopatra decided to meet Julius Caesar and devised a plan on her own terms.When Caesar arrived Alexandria, she had herself wrapped inside a rolled rug and was delivered to the Roman consul’s room. When the rug was opened, Cleopatra rolled out and immediately charmed Caesar. In the evening, Caesar was seduced by the married woman, and they became lovers. Cleopatra had done an important decision ,she linked herself and her country with the Roman. With Caesar’s help, she succeed gain the most of Egypt’s power.(Jonathan Grochowski, 2005) Cleopatra was obviously a clever and attractive …show more content…
Many Roman said Cleopatra was a temptress who was debauched and used her sex appeal to gain political profits, but her intellect was more attractive than her appearance. She had learned a dozen languages and was educated in many courses like mathematics, philosophy, oratory and astronomy. Egyptian sources described her as a ruler “who elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company.” There’s also evidence that Cleopatra wasn’t as physically striking as once believed. Coins with her portrait show her with manly features and a large, hooked nose, though some historians contend that she intentionally portrayed herself as masculine as a display of strength. For his part, the ancient writer Plutarch claimed that Cleopatra’s beauty was“not altogether incomparable,”and that it was instead her mellifluous speaking voice and“irresistible charm”that made her so desirable. (Andrews, 2015) Anyone knows something about Caesar can understand as one of the greatest leader in human history, Caesar would not support a coquettish but stupid woman to achieve her

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