Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator: A Chronological Status

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Brief Introduction Full name: Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator
Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Birth/death dates: 69-30 B.C.

Cleopatra: A Chronological Record
51-50 B.C. At the age of only eighteen, young Cleopatra began her reign as Queen of the Nile. Her father, Ptolemy VII, had just passed away, and she had a legacy to uphold. Her blood was royal, and about one hundred generations of her family had ruled before she was even born. But for the blood to remain pure, incest was practiced. She was married to her brother, Ptolemy XIII, who was ten years old. The fate of the kingdom was left in Cleopatra?s and Ptolemy XIII?s hands. Despite how young the two were, they were raised to co rule and be king and queen, and they were also highly educated. But shortly after the two inherited the throne, tension broke out.
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Ptolemy, being a young king, had advisers that helped in making executive decisions. At this time, they decided to kick Cleopatra out of Alexandria, giving her brother all the power. Cleopatra needed help and support to reclaim her place on the throne, and she needed a powerful source. Julius Caesar, a Roman military leader, was just the person to attack and demand her title. Being as clever as she was, she smuggled herself into the Roman Empire?s palace, wrapped inside a rug, and asked for Caesar?s support. He agreed, charmed at Cleopatra?s wit. As they planned to return her to Egypt, Caesar fell in love with Cleopatra. The two began a not only political, but romantic relationship. All but a year and a half later, Rome declared war on Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra is crowned queen once again by Caesar himself. Ptolemy XIII died near the end of the war, some think by command of Cleopatra. She ruled with her other brother, Ptolemy XIV, and with the ties with Rome, were successful.
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