As the name Cleopatra is widely known among us, how many of us truly knows the tale of her life besides the queen title and her great beauty? Joseph L. Mankiewics’s feast “Cleopatra” in 1963 may give you some ideas about the glamorous yet tragic life of the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. The film has succeeded in demonstrating many historical aspects, especially the mighty ambitious Cleopatra, yet still has some inaccuracies which all will now be discussed.
The film accurately portrayed most of the historical details, from the triumph to the tragedy of Cleopatra. It began with the meeting with Julius Caesar, a Roman politician and general, who solidified her grip on the throne and made her the sole ruler of Egypt by removing …show more content…
To begin with, Caesarion was 17 when he, Antony, and Cleopatra died, but in the film he looks about 12, and Caesarion died after Antony and Cleopatra did, though not long after. Moreover, Cleopatra gave birth to three children with Antony, 9- or 10-year-old twins Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene II and a 6-year-old son Ptolemy Philadelphus; and Antony had a son Marcus Antonius Antyllus, whom all were not in the film. Furthermore, her entry to Rome scene is meant to indicate that Cleopatra entered the heart of the city and was received in the Forum, which is not correct. As a Egyptian Queen, she was prohibited from crossing the Pomerium, the sacred boundary of the city, into Rome proper. The original route was from the port of Ostia to the outskirts of Rome. She then stayed in one of Caesar’s villa in Transtiberim and never crossed the borderline. In the film, she stayed at Caesar’s house in Rome, where in fact she could not permitted to stay. Besides, in Caesar 's assasination attempt, Cicero was taken completely by surprise and never even visited the Senate during this period; however, the film has presented him getting directly involved in the …show more content…
In history, the Egypt queen is believed to yearn for her throne and even more. In the film, there were many details that clarified her desires. Cleopatra, who became queen at a young age, was an extraordinary woman for her time, and was capable of ruling the whole Egypt. Technically she was co-ruler with her younger brother, Ptolemy who tried to oust her from the throne. Her love for Caesar was actually no more than an act of getting the throne back and even to conquer the world as she longed to accomplish the dream of the Great Alexander. When Caesar was assasinated, she cried “My son” rather than mourning for him. After Caesar, was Antony her real love or just another attempt to rule the known
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Camryn Cook History 337 Dr. Overtoom 02/26/23 Reading Summary #3 Group 2: Cleopatra Chapters 7-9 and Epilogue This summary paper examines chapters 7 “The Operation of the Kingdom”, 8 “Scholarship and Culture at the Court of Cleopatra”, 9 “Downfall”, and the Epilogue of Cleopatra by Duane W Roller. Chapter Seven “The Operation of the Kingdom” begins with the section titled “Royal Administration” which highlights the financial and political struggles of the empire the Cleopatra inherited and ruled over. Her father owed major debts to officials of the Roman Empire, which had not entirely been paid off, most notably to Caesar. These debts are one of the primary reasons for Octavian’s eventual attempts of conquering Egypt and ending Cleopatra’s
In ancient Egypt, a woman’s status was higher than in any other ancient civilization but the idea of a woman king or pharaoh was unthinkable. A woman, however, became pharaoh. Her name was Hatshepsut and she would come to be the most the great woman in recorded in history. Hatshepsut meant “foremost of noble women.” From infancy, anyone that knew her or saw after her knew that she held authority.
Why Americans Would Benefit from Reading Plutarch’s Roman Lives. A recent article by Rebecca Burgess and Hugh Liebert from the Wall Street Journal argues that Americans would benefit from reading Plutarch. The authors give very little evidence to support their case. Plutarch’s Roman Lives could be beneficial for not only Americans, but most of the population to read.
She proved this when Thutmose III ascended the throne. The Pharaoh Hatshepsut reigned in his stead until he was of age to take authority. It was mentioned earlier that Hatshepsut took the title of pharaoh and all it’s power. Early egyptologists (according to History) believed she did this of her own ambition. Modern researchers now theorize she did it to protect the throne for her stepson for a strictly political crisis, such as the advancement of another branch of the royal family.
Julius Caesar: a beloved man with a tragic and mysterious death to end his tale at the hands of people that he once considered close friends of his. In William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” the audience gets to witness the conflicts that might have taken place behind closed doors, listening to the debates that took place between such as Mark Antony and Brutus. In the play, Antony tries to convince Brutus that Caesar deserves to be murdered. Near the end, Antony and Brutus both pay homage to Caesar at his funeral in front of the Roman civilians, with Antony delivering the most effective speech by fabricating a refined and potent speech that used rhetorical appeals to persuade the citizens of Rome. In the speech, Antony is trying to sway the crowd into agreeing with the motives for murdering Caesar by using logos to justify his actions.
This can be proven through many historical writings, diaries, and journals. Cleopatra was born in 69 BC. She was the daughter of Ptolemy VII who is also known as Auletes and her mother’s identity was and still is not known. Her name Cleopatra means “glory
This book didn’t just cover the lifespan of Cleopatra itself but also quite resourcefully shows the historical aspects of events that happened before and after Cleopatra’s lifetime. With Cleopatra being such central and well-known figure, not just back in her time but even now, she had a very strong impact on history herself and through her relationships with Caesar and Mark Anthony. Michael Grant went back as early as 323 BC to the death of Alexander the Great to explain the rise of the Ptolemaic Era through Ptolemy I and to show the proof of Cleopatra’s Hellenistic heritance. In detail he showed the hardships Caesar had to face while staying in Egypt with the Egyptian Queen but he also explained the happenings that lead to Caesar arriving
His love for her trumps expectations from a soldier and a leader like Antony. Like Antony, Cleopatra overlooks her duties to her people and decides out of
Cleopatra’s Influence on the Roman Empire Cleopatra VII has become one of the most well-known ruler and Egyptian in era of the Roman Empire because of her suppose beauty, cunning personality and her influence on the Roman Republic which turned into an Empire shortly after her death. While she is not Roman citizen herself, her relations with Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony are what brought her influence of power into Roman society and expanded her own in Egypt. Just like any ruler in history she sought power which was not something easily done as a woman in that time, however primary sources such as Josephus and Cassius Dio often do not refer to her as a great ruler, but as a seductress
The author states “Cleopatra devised a plan to meet Julius Caesar on her own terms seeking a political alliance and a return to the throne” (Grochowski 1). By linking up with one of Rome’s powerful leaders it gave her a major power move, but it also gave her a part of Rome that she could control. The author states “Cleopatra and Mark Antony became allies and lovers and he returned with her to Alexandria in 40 B.C.E.” (Haughton 1). Since Cleopatra would do anything to keep Egypt successful, that also meant making new allies, especially if they were tied to Rome.
Since the fortune had it that Rome’s imperial regime was born from her defeat, Cleopatra played the role, as a unique as it was involuntary, of link between the Hellenistic and the Roman world. Her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony permanently have impacted on Ancient Rome and Egypt. Her being with Caesar and Anthony led to deaths, Cleopatra had been part of Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony deaths. He began to make unwise decisions. Cleopatra was thus heir to a line of determined women who were often the object of sincere devotion on the part of the Egyptian people of inept or discredited.
Hatshepsut Hatshepsut was a great ruler who lived in ancient Egypt during the eighteenth dynasty. Her reign brought good things to Egypt as a whole, and she was loved by many. Her rule was not just filled with good things for Egypt as a whole, but it was a time of progression to for women. Women were able to look up to a woman who was the major figure of the Egyptian society. She would later declare herself as king, in order to be able to let the people know what kind of rule she would be doing.
She later met Marc Antony and seduced him much like Caesar. They had 3 children named Caesarion, Alexander Helios, and Cleopatra Selene II. In 42 B.C. Marc Antony committed suicide by stabbing himself, because he had an affair with Cleopatra and Rome was outraged and started war with Egypt. Soon after Cleopatra committed suicide by having an Egyptian cobra, called an asp bite her, and kill
Yes, she served politically as well, but there was no other motive. She only wanted to make Egypt an eminence amongst the other countries, and to follow her family’s legacy as the dynasty of Egypt’s rulers. Her main goals were to unify her country by stabilizing it and to enlarge her territories. She also managed to take all the power from her brother(s) and become the sole ruler of Egypt. This is important because it proves that she really was an ambitious leader.
In order to gain the full power that Augustus thought he deserved it was a struggle. He had to face some difficult events that lead to him becoming an emperor and being a great leader to the people. When Julius Ceaser was assassinated all of his power and inheritance was left to Augustus. However, Mark Antony, who had been friends with Ceaser, didn’t think it was right to let him have the power. The two fought for a while, in an attempt to fix the problem Augustus joined sides with the Senate.