mistakes, or was she a conniving ruler whose corrupt actions dragged her and her kingdom down
to defeat? Although some current sources suggest she was quite popular with her people, over
the years, Cleopatra’s status as a good queen has been questioned and reconsidered countless
times. Due to the war she caused between Antony and Octavian, many people today wonder
whether Cleopatra can really be considered a great ruler, because the war was what led to Egypt
becoming one of the Roman Empire’s provinces.
Before Cleopatra became the queen legends would shroud throughout the rest of time,
she led a life common to most royal children.
Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator was born between the years 70 and 68 B.C. to Ptolemy
XII as the second daughter in her family. Her mother was believed to be Cleopatra V Tryphaena,
possibly Ptolemy XII’s half-sister.
Although Cleopatra VII and her family ruled Egypt, they were not actually Egyptian.
While it is widely believed that Cleopatra VII was of full Macedonian Greek decent, there are
new theories floating around that she was possibly part African.
Egypt came under the rule of Cleopatra’s family when Alexander the Great, who
conquered Egypt, died. Alexander’s territories were split up among his generals. One of his
generals was Ptolemy I, and he was the general who got Egypt.
Under Ptolemy’s rule, Alexandria became Egypt’s new capital. Alexandria became one
of the more spectacular cities in the world, during ancient times, because of him. It had two
harbors near the Pharos lighthouse. These docks, if combined, could hold two thousand, four
hundred ships. Alexandria also had an...
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