Cleopatra And Nefertiti : The King Of Egypt

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When thinking of ancient civilizations, Egypt comes to mind. Cleopatra and Nefertiti are two of the most recognizable names in all of human history. One was at the forefront of a religious revolution, the other took on the Roman Empire. Through a comparison, we discover that Cleopatra had more of a historical impact because her actions led to the end of Egypt’s autonomy. Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt from about 51 about 30 B.C. She was a member of the royal dynasty called the Ptolemies. The Ptolemies were not Egyptian, but Greek, “which makes Cleopatra approximately as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor.” Despite this “within the country their legitimacy derived from a fabricated link with the pharaohs”, and they took over and ruled Egypt for 300 years; Cleopatra was the last of that royal line. Rome was gaining power and territory. Cleopatra inherited the throne of Egypt when she was eighteen years old, but she had to share it with her 12 year old brother. Cleopatra got kicked out of power by her brother 's friends because the two did not get along. In 48 BC, Julius Caesar arrived in Egypt and declared that he would settle the dispute between Cleopatra and her brother, and “She had no choice but ingratiate herself with the new master of the Roman world.” To further protect her kingdom, Cleopatra having Caesar over to her side, began an affair with him. For the rest of her rule,“she struggled tot run the implacable Roman tide to her advantage, changing patrons again
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