Cleopatra is a name that was given to many Queens who ruled in Egypt. The most famous of these women was Cleopatra VII. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII, King of Egypt. Cleopatra VII lived from 69-30 B.C. and reigned as queen of Egypt from 51-30 B.C. (Stanly). Cleopatra is said to be far from beautiful, her picture on ancient coins made her look like she had a long hooked nose and masculine features. She is also said to be very seductive with her enchanting musical voice and exuded charisma. She was also very intelligent and a great ruler. She spoke nine different languages. She was the only Eqyptian Queen who could actually speak Egyptian (History).
The Ptolemy family had ruled Egypt since 305 B.C. After the death of Alexander the
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She disguised herself; by rolling herself up in carpet, and was carried into the castle. She knew that if anyone would catch her Ptolemy XIII would have her beheaded. She made it up to the room where Caesar was staying and when she fell out of the carpet “it is said they stayed the night together and that evening began one of histories greatest love stories” (Stanley). The next morning Ptolemy XIII was shocked to find Cleopatra at Caesars side. He stormed out of the palace screaming that he had been betrayed. Caesar had Ptolemy arrested, but Pharaohs army attacked the palace.
The Alexandrian War had started. The war went on for six months. It ended when Pothinus was killed in a battle, and Ptolemy XIII drowned in the Nile River trying to escape (Nardo). The city of Alexandria surrendered to Caesar. Caesar held Arisnoe captive and restored Cleopatra to the throne. Again she was forced to marry her other brother, Ptolemy XIV (Nardo).
After the war, Cleopatra showed Caesar every pleasure and luxury she had to offer. A two-month tour up the Nile River is said to be the time when she became pregnant. After the cruise Caesar returned to Rome leaving behind three legions to look after and Cleopatra. She gave birth to his son, Ptolemy XV (Caesarian), on June 23 47 B.C. (Arab). In 46 B.C. one year later Caesar invited them to Rome. The two were received with great honor in Rome and a golden statue was dedicated by Caesar to