Cleopatra (1963) extravagantly portrays Cleopatra’s ability to challenge traditional Egyptian gender roles. Cleopatra was able to support a legitimate rule because of her influence over people that led to the advantageous relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony which in turn could help her country prosper. The Cleopatra film is historically accurate and able to discuss the ways that Cleopatra was able to assert herself as a ruler in Egypt during a tumultuous time in history, both through her country and her ties to Rome through her relationships. Cleopatra ruled Egypt from about 51 B.C to 30 B.C in the Ptolemaic period before Egypt became a Roman province under the name “Aegyptus.” She was able to go beyond the female role in a patriarchal
Caesar himself would become her first lover. She distracted him from his Roman duties for many weeks and when he finally left her, she was pregnant. At this point, Cleopatra might have thought she had all she needed: a son and possible heir to Caesar, her key to the Roman throne. However, with Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C., she abandoned her plan and awaited another political struggle to arise in Rome.
After Ptolemy XIII’s death, Caesar restored Cleopatra and Ptolemy XIV, her youngest brother, as rulers of Egypt. In 47 B.C., Cleopatra gave birth to a child that was believed to be Caesar’s. The child was Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar, but was known to the Egyptian people as Caesarion, which means “Little Caesar.” In 46 to 45 B.C. Cleopatra, Ptolemy XIV, and Caesarion traveled to Rome to be with Caesar. He was murdered soon after in March of 44 B.C. They returned to Egypt where Ptolemy XIV died soon after their return. (“Cleopatra VII’s Childhood…”) Cleopatra feared for their lives because of the Caesarion posed to Octavian. (“Cleopatra: The Woman…”)
In the world of popular culture, Cleopatra VII is regarded as a woman with heavy eye makeup, a thing of beauty, someone with power sourced from her looks. However, the Cleopatra that history recalls is one of deadly determination and dedication, a teenager with a thirst for power, then a woman with a goal to keep Egypt out of the Roman Empire’s reach. Throughout her life as a leader, Cleopatra VII faced many difficulties, each one of which she met with an intricate strategy that showcase her deep knowledge of the politics and governance of the world around her. As she faced misogyny, bias and turmoil in both her civil and personal life, Cleopatra remained a capable and resilient leader of an imminently crumbling Egypt, and she defied all stereotypes
Following Caesar's assassination, which Cleopatra's presence in Rome may have provoked, Cleopatra had an affair with another Roman leader. Marc Antony was planning a campaign in Parthia and was in desperate need of money when he called upon Cleopatra to question why she had allied herself with some of Rome’s enemies. Antony’s need for money proved to be a lucky break for her. Plutarch claimed that Cleopatra went to this meeting deliberately scheming to seduce Antony and some even claim that she purposefully broke up the alliance between Antony and Octavian. Cleopatra's belief that Caesarion would be accepted as Caesar's heir if she was successful in eradicating Octavin may support this claim. At this meeting Cleopatra requested for Antony to take control of her troubled territory in Cyprus. She also
Cleopatra, Greek queen of Egypt, was born at the beginning of 69 B.C and one of the few women rulers in ancient Egypt. Her father was Ptolemy XII And Cleopatra was the last pharaoh in Egypt. She is known as clever, covetous, skilled, beguiling and manipulative. Cleopatra’s physical features are not certain and there is not enough information about her profile. “The colour of her eyes and of her hair is not known; nor can it be said whether her skin was white as alabaster, like that of many of her Macedonian fellow countrywomen, or whether it had that olive tone so often observed amongst the Greeks. Even her beauty, or rather the degree of her beauty, is not clearly defined.” Cleopatra was born at the finish of the Ptolemaic dynasty, because,
"For Rome, who had never condescended to fear any nation or people, did in her time fear two human beings; one was Hannibal, and the other was a woman" (Lefkowitz and Fant 126). During a time dominated by male rulers, Cleopatra VII Philopator (69 BCE – 31 BCE), the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, stood out among them all. With Egypt’s wealth at her disposal, she was “incomparably richer than anyone else” (Schiff 2). The amount of power a ruler had at the time of Cleopatra’s existence depended highly on the level of financial stability. However, wealth was not all Cleopatra was known for. She exhibited high militant leadership skills equal to that of her male counterparts to keep Egypt a prosperous country.
Queen Cleopatra Thea Philopator VII, born 69 B.C and died about 30 B.C. had a few dimensions of leadership. First, she was pioneering. Cleopatra VII was charismatic, dynamic, bold, and good at making connections. She was cunning in her pursuits to get what she wanted. One time, she slipped through the enemies line and was smuggled secretly into Egypt rolled up in a carpet to see Julius Caesar in order to become his ally. (Peters, 2017) When she lost the throne to her brother, Cleopatra did not want to accept the loss and produced a militia that attacked her brother in Pelusium. Her brother was drowned when she won the future battle. (Peters,
There are plenty of beauty remedies ancient Egyptians used to use to keep their body looking flawless, youthful, and glowing and one person that is very famous for her looks was Cleopatra, and was due to her beauty remedies.
Arrow come here girl, uh where is that darn cat, oh sorry I didn’t see you there, my guards never informed me I that I would have guest here today, I was just looking for my pet leopard arrow. That cat always sneaking off. But how rude of me to not introduce to myself, I am Queen Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
Wanting to avoid yet another Roman civil war, Octavian did not want to pit Romans against Romans, and so he instead chose to ignore Antony and focus Rome’s suspicion and hostility on Antony’s wife — Cleopatra — instead (Schiff). Two themes dominated the propaganda spread by Octavian. The first being that Cleopatra had used sex to ensnare Antony and lure him away from his wife (and Octavian’s sister), Octavia, causing him to become totally subservient to the Egyptian queen who was now forcing him to oppose Rome’s best interests by giving Cleopatra and her children Roman territories; and the second, and arguably worse, theme was that Cleopatra’s true goal was not to secure the welfare of Egypt, but the subjection of Rome to Egypt (Burstein
The author, Don Nardo, says that Caesar and Cleo went from being political partners to them being lovers. Cleo and Julius went from acquaintances to lovers; they had a kid together so when the council stabbed Julius 23 times, killing him, she automatically knew that she would have to run to protect the kid and herself. “Meanwhile, she was anxious to acquire Egypt’s throne and urgently needed his backing in her contest with her younger brother. Therefore, Cleopatra and Caesar would each benefit significantly from a mutual pact at that moment in time. As it happened, they not only joined forces politically speaking, but also became personal friends and lovers.” (Nardo 26) This quote speculates how Cleopatra was trying to use Caesar to get an advantage in gaining power over her brother and everyone else. Cleopatra was the most affected by Julius Caesar’s death because when he was killed, she lost all of her allied powers and led Rome and Egypt into a war, but she was very significant in the time
eopatra become a mythological creature and has been depicted in art ever since. In 20th century, Cleopatra has been established in moving image form and each Cleopatra film gives the variation of Egyptian themes. With the help of this film production, Egyptian fashion became viral and earn its position in fashion world till now. From 1917, the fashion began with Egyptian motifs, sheer, gauzy skirts and teeny, ornate bra and was just started to move away from the corseted figure. Heavy Egyptian makeup also adapt to the fashion during 20’s.
Cleopatra married another brother, Ptolemy XIV. Law in Egypt prevented women from ruling, alone which is why she married him. Even though she married Ptolemy XIV she was in love with Caesar. Cleopatra spent the next several months with Caesar travelling along the Nile. In 46 BC Cleopatra gave birth to Caesar’s son who was named Caesarian or little Caesar. She emphasized that it was Caesar’s child and Caesar never formally accepted paternity over the child. Even