Cleopatra was the last pharaoh to rule Egypt, she ruled Egypt for nearly 22 years. Cleopatra was born in 69BC and died in 30BC, Cleopatra was last of the Ptolemaic dynasty which was a Macedonian Greek family. She ruled Alexandria with her brother that she also married until he sent her away, Cleopatra’s brother killed one of Rome’s generals and Julius Caesar was not happy and he threatened to take possession of Egypt but instead he restored Cleopatra to the throne. Cleopatra commanded armies at the age of 21 and spoke many different languages. Her first years where a bit of a struggle, there was a drought and famine because of the failure of the Nile to flood. Cleopatra was rumored to have killed both her brothers and sisters who wanted to become the pharos of Egypt.
Why do we remember Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, more commonly known as just Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt made famous for her seduction and love affair with Marc Antony? It seems to be pointless to remember one specific person who lived only for pleasure, as many other people acted in the same manner only to be forgotten. The answer lies not in the tragic tale we tell of her today, but in the political power she held as a woman in a male dominated world. Cleopatra was one of the few Egyptian Pharaohs who was female, including Neithhotep, Merneith, Sobeknefru, Nefertiti, and, of course, Hatshepsut (Mark). Cleopatra is influential in society today because her political power and intriguing story interest people still. In this essay, the thesis will be proven through an explanation of her political power, how the allure of her story caused many adaptations, which interest people still today, to be made, and an analysis of her intriguing character.
Throughout history, Egypt was one of the greatest societies for many reasons. The Egyptian society lasted from 3100 BCE to 30 BCE. It was ruled by multiple pharaohs, one of the most important being Queen Hatshepsut as she was the first female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. In addition, the geography of the region helped the Egyptian people immensely as the Nile River provided a way of transportation improved soil conditions. Lastly, their architectural advancements made their society great as it created a way of spiritual life for all people. The aspects in which made Egypt great were Queen Hatshepsut, the geography of the region and their architectural advancements.
Determination, strong alliances, and keeping her family's dynasty alive were all the key components Cleopatra needed to restore Egypt. According to Grochowski “Cleopatra used any means necessary to complete her goals and protect the country she loved, known as Egypt” (Grochowski 1). Cleopatra acquired a bad reputation because of her background but she did many things to make Egypt her top priority. Although she was not fit to be the ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra did restore Egypt to former glory because of her determination, strong alliances, and hunger to keep her family’s dynasty alive.
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