Who Was Cleopatra and Why Is She Still Remembered Today? Essay

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Cleopatra was the last known ruler/pharaoh of Egypt. She ruled between the 51st and 30th dynasty in Alexandria, the Egyptian city she ruled over. Cleopatra was not Egyptian; she was Macedonian and only gained such a high power over the people in Egypt through her father Ptolemy XII after her and her family migrated from Macedonia through one of the generals of Alexander the great. Through Alexander her father gained power over the Egyptian people. He was chased away from the society and died. The throne was left to Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra, both son and daughter of Ptolemy XII. Cleopatra was the only one in her family who could speak fluent Egyptian. She actually knew 7 different languages. With a Greek descendant speaking Egyptian, Cleopatra started to educate herself with the stories and legends of the Egyptian gods, previous history of Egypt (as in past pharaohs) and much, much more. She was seen to be a magnificent beauty that was very intellectually gifted, politically astute and extremely powerful with use of her seductiveness. When it came to something Cleopatra wanted, if her brains didn’t help her succeed in getting it, or a fair trade that she offered wasn’t accepted, she would use her beauty and mind to seduce the person she was trying to get something out of, and have a sexual act with them until the person agreed to give her what she wanted. Cleopatra followed traditional Egyptian procedure and married her younger brother Ptolemy XIII when she was only 14 to show the Egyptian people she was one of them. She also classified herself as the daughter of Isis, a great goddess of magic and healing worshiped by many Egyptian people. She was also referred to as the sun god (Amun Re)’s daughter by the Egyptian community. To also keep the priests respecting her in her power and to also help remain in her power as ruler of Egypt, she used to visit temples

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