She’s one of the most intriguing and famous women in history, and legends of her beauty and intelligence are still told today. People have made dozens of movies, plays, novels, and short stories over the last few milennia about her. Her reign, life, and reputation are still known two thousand years after her death as a testament to her power over Egypt and her influence in the Roman Empire. Who is she? Well, no other than Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Whether or not you’ve had a chance to learn more about her life and reign, here’s 10 fun facts that can help you in your journey to learn more about the mysterious ruler.
- She could speak 7 languages, including Greek & Egyptian
- Cleopatra and her family were Macedonian, not Egyptian; they came into power in Egypt after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 323 B.C.
- She was involved in the deaths of 3 of her siblings
- While legend claims that she took her own life by snake bite and many believing that she poisoned herself, the details of how exactly that happened rather unclear
- Cleopatra gave birth to a son with Julius Ceasar; Octavian assassinated their son in 30 B.C.
- She gave birth to 3 children with Marc Antony
- Following family and Egyptian traditions, Cleopatra married her younger brother (who she later started a civil war against)
- Some historians believe that her intellect was more striking than her beauty, despite her reputation as a seductive temptress for the past several millennia
- Cleopatra lived in Rome at the time of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 B.C.
- She ruled as the last Pharaoh of Egypt before the Roman Empire gained control of Egypt
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.