Cleopatra Research Paper

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The young princess Cleopatra VII, known today as simply Cleopatra, became the queen of Egypt in the year 51 B.C. Thrust onto the world stage by her father, Ptolemy XII, she ruled a country in tumult, one on the verge of crumbling under the mighty Roman Empire.
Only 17 years old when she took the throne, Cleopatra quickly became one of the most powerful rulers Egypt had ever known. She bonded personally and politically with two of ancient Rome’s most powerful leaders, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Then, barely two decades after coming to power, this queen took her own life in a climactic act of defiance against the Romans, still hungry for her kingdom.
While we know these facts of Cleopatra’s life and times, much remains to be discovered. Who was Cleopatra? What, and whom, did she hold dear? Was she the exotic beauty depicted by artists and filmmakers, or did she lure her famous lovers with her intellect and her power? From the underwater ruins of
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We know the most important industries of Egypt’s economy, and the sacred triad of deities that Greeks and Egyptians joined together to worship. We know which urban centers were most important, and we know of the terrible murders that caused this queen’s rise to the throne. We also know about the precarious political and economic plight of her country at the time. The more closely we examine this picture, the more we return to the questions that have been left unanswered, the questions that tantalize us with their ambiguity, making Cleopatra the charismatic, yet enigmatic, figure she is today.
We search for answers in the sunken city of Alexandria, in the remains of Canopus and Heracleion, and in the temple ruins of Taposiris Magna, which may hold clues about the location of the tomb of the great queen. Accompany world-renowned archaeologists Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio as they share the work they
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