Cleopatra Vs. Tryphaena Of Egypt: The Myth Of Cleopatra

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Cleopatra VII was undoubtedly one of the most influential and impactful women to go down in history-and she certainly didn't go down without a fight.

Cleopatra Thea Philopator was born in 69BC in Alexandria, Egypt though of Macedonian descent from a Greek family. She was a descendant of Ptolemy I Soter, a trusted commander of Alexander the Great who conquered Egypt in 322BC and left her ancestor the grounds of Egypt. When Cleopatra procured the throne at 18 with her 10-year-old brother Ptolemy XIII as specified in their father's will, he had left the country in turmoil. Cleopatra's ascension to the throne brought negative views against her, primarily by her own brother's regent who detested her for being a joint ruler alongside her brother. As a result, she was forced to flee to Syria-but her need to go incognito was put to an end by one of the most powerful and respected Roman generals, Julius Caesar.

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Disdainful of how she influenced two of their most powerful leaders, they also feared her, a woman, being in a high position of power which severely didn't abide by their beliefs of superiority. "All our current knowledge of Cleopatra comes from enemy sources. The Romans here scornful of her and wanted to portray her as this sexy little thing," El Daly, Egyptologist at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London, says. Writings of her and Marc Antony's defeat had often put her in the position of blame, as they were from Roman writers. She was vilified by Augustan poets, made a beautiful, bewitching foreign queen. Adverse titles like "whore queen" by Propertius, The Elgies: Book III and "Egypt's shame", by Lucan, Pharsalia, X.59 criticise her harmful beauty to be her downfall, bringing two of their own generals with

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