Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt and the last pharaoh. She was 17 or 18 when she became queen. Cleopatra was a shrewd politician who spoke nine languages. During her reign, Egypt became closely aligned with the Roman Empire.
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This statue is very rare. It is one of seven in the world identified as the most famous queen of Egypt: Cleopatra VII. Cleopatra VII was born in Macedonian family called the Ptolemies, who were famous for their vicious infighting. Matricide, patricide and fratricide were common in many generations, including Cleopatra VII's. She had several relatives killed so she might survive. For generations the Romans coveted Egypt, a bountiful sours of grain they could use to feed their army. Th...
Portrait bust of Cleopatra VII on display in the British Museum by Ahala, via Flickr Contrary to pop culture, Cleopatra was not a beautiful women. The idea of her as a knockout is because of her ability to persuade Caesar and Antony. She had a very large nose and it was stated that she had crooked eyes.