Cleopatra Term Paper

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Cleopatra

History is full of reputable individuals. The stories of their lives will forever live in
our history books. Whether being remembered for their strength, courage, or honor, or even
for their treachery, we remember those who came before us. If one character could stand
out in Egyptian history, none other would be so worthy as Cleopatra would.

Cleopatra was an intelligent, political, and ambitious woman who changed the history of
Egypt. She was only seventeen years old when, by the will of her father, Ptolemy XI, she
was forced to inherit and share the throne of Egypt with her twelve year old brother,
Ptolemy XII. In accordance to Egyptian law, the two were also married. Disagreement
between the two began early in their reign. Julius Caesar, seizing the opportunity to take
over Ptolemy's forces during this moment of weakness, soon defeated the young king and
befriended Cleopatra. She had wanted the throne to herself, believing that she was "the
successor of the pharaohs and like them descended from the sun god Ra. (CAV 166)"

Egypt and Cleopatra are terms so closely related they are almost synonymous. However,
Cleopatra did not have any Egyptian blood in her; she was purely Greek. Cleopatra would
become the last ruler of the Ptolemy dynasty, which was founded by Alexander the Great, a
Macedonian general who strived to unite the East and West under one great empire.
Cleopatra wished to continue his mission, but to do so, she would have to win over the
Romans. It was at this time that she started to use her stunning beauty and charm to her
advantage. 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.

It is amazing that Cleopatra, but a woman, believed that she could overthrow Rome, a huge
world power. Her determination to renew the power of the Ptolemy line in Egypt enabled her
to carry on with her plan. It was at this time that Cleopatra turned to Marc Antony,
lieutenant to the late Caesar. Marc Antony was a very notable man with many military
achievements. He was a respected authority in Rome and lived by Roman virtues. However, he
also had a weakness for self-indulgence, and it was this that Cleopatra preyed upon. She
immediately tried to seved that she could overthrow Rome, a huge world power. Her
determination to renew the power of the Ptolemy line in Egypt enabled her to carry on with
her plan. It was at this time that Cleopatra turned to Marc Antony, lieutenant to the late
Caesar. Marc Antony was a very notable man with many military achievements. He was a
respected authority in Rome and lived by Roman virtues. However, he also had a weakness
for self-indulgence, and it was this that Cleopatra preyed upon. She immediately tried to
seved that she could overthrow Rome, a huge world power. Her determination to renew the
power of the Ptolemy line in Egypt enabled her to carry on with her plan. It was at this
time that Cleopatra turned to Marc Antony, lieutenant to the late Caesar. Marc Antony was
a very notable man with many military achievements. He was a respected authority in Rome
and lived by Roman virtues. However, he also had a weakness for self-indulgence, and it
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