History UsefulNotes / CleopatraVII

23rd Jun '16 12:14:27 PM captainpat
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[[caption-width-right:335:The face of the historical ruler, complete with her CleopatraNose.]]

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[[caption-width-right:335:The face of the historical ruler, complete with her CleopatraNose.famous nose.]]



* CleopatraNose: TropeNamer, of course. A trait she inherited from her Ptolemaic ancestors, she tended to exaggerate it in portraiture to stress her family ties.
27th May '16 3:08:16 PM Aquila89
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* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' album ''Asterix and Cleopatra'' introduced her as a recurring character in the ''Asterix'' franchise.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' album ''Asterix and Cleopatra'' introduced her as a recurring character in the ''Asterix'' franchise. In the 2002 film based on the album ''Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra'', she's portrayed by Creator/MonicaBellucci.
29th Feb '16 12:30:23 PM SolariusScorch
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''Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator''[[note]]'Cleopatra' meaning 'glory of her fatherland,' 'Thea Philopator' meaning 'Goddess Who Loves Her Father''[[/note]] was the last Pharaoh of AncientEgypt, at different points ruling jointly with her father, brother, other brother, and son, though with the latter three, she was clearly in charge and only using them to bolster her credibility as a female ruler. The Ptolemaic dynasty Cleopatra descended from was actually Greek; after the death of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, his empire was divided up by three generals, and Ptolemy I Soter got Egypt. Cleopatra was actually the first of her dynasty to bother learning Egyptian, and presented herself to her kingdom as a reincarnation of the goddess [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Isis]].

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''Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator''[[note]]'Cleopatra' meaning 'glory of her fatherland,' 'Thea Philopator' meaning 'Goddess Who Loves Her Father''[[/note]] Father'[[/note]] was the last Pharaoh of AncientEgypt, at different points ruling jointly with her father, brother, other brother, and son, though with the latter three, she was clearly in charge and only using them to bolster her credibility as a female ruler. The Ptolemaic dynasty Cleopatra descended from was actually Greek; after the death of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, his empire was divided up by three generals, and Ptolemy I Soter got Egypt. Cleopatra was actually the first of her dynasty to bother learning Egyptian, and presented herself to her kingdom as a reincarnation of the goddess [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Isis]].
24th Feb '16 7:33:01 AM JulianLapostat
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* RaceLift: The real Cleo looked very Mediterranean, but she is popularly imagined either with RavenHairIvorySkin, or as a black woman, depending on the artist.

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* RaceLift: The real Cleo looked very Mediterranean, was a descendant of the Greek Ptolemaic family (who tended to be incestuous), but she is popularly imagined either with RavenHairIvorySkin, or as a black woman, depending on the artist.
23rd Dec '15 7:08:06 AM starwolf99
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* She was portrayed by Leonor Varela in a 1999 miniseries with TimothyDalton as Julius Caesar and BillyZane as Marc Anthony.
20th Sep '15 7:37:20 AM Aquila89
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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's play, ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' depicts Caesar's time in Egypt and his relationship with Cleopatra. In the 1945 film adaptation, she's played by Vivien Leigh. This adaptation depicts their history very loosely, with much timeline muddling and mischaracterization. For example, the play and film depict Cleo meeting Caesar when she is a young and timid girl, incapable of standing up to even her handmaiden. However by this point in history, Cleo would have already been ruling Egypt all by herself for some time, having bullied her younger brother into almost complete obscurity some years before.

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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's play, ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' depicts Caesar's time in Egypt and his relationship with Cleopatra. In the 1945 film adaptation, she's played by Vivien Leigh.Creator/VivienLeigh. This adaptation depicts their history very loosely, with much timeline muddling and mischaracterization. For example, the play and film depict Cleo meeting Caesar when she is a young and timid girl, incapable of standing up to even her handmaiden. However by this point in history, Cleo would have already been ruling Egypt all by herself for some time, having bullied her younger brother into almost complete obscurity some years before.
15th Sep '15 10:27:22 AM Kitchen90
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* She was portrayed by Amanda Barrie in ''Film/CarryOnCleo''.
26th Aug '15 1:00:45 AM kazokuhouou
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* One of ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' features her, centering around her following her father to Rome and her first meeting with Marc Antony.
4th Aug '15 9:20:37 PM phoenix
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!!Relevant Tropes:

* TheAce: Part of what made Cleo such a master of courtly intrigue was that she could speak at least nine different languages fluently, perfect for a Queen whose life and kingdom depended on her ability to effectively schmooze. This stood in stark contrast to the rest of her family, most of whom never even bothered to learn Egyptian.
* ActionDuo: Herself and Caesar, as well as herself and Marc Antony.
* ActionMom: Shared power with her young sons and daughter, as well as Marc Antony.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Had to win several battles against her brothers to become sole ruler of Egypt. Eventually only supplanted by ''the first Roman Emperor'', so also undone by this trope.
* BadassFamily: Descended from the bodyguard of Alexander the Great, no less.
* BadassInCharge: of the millennia-old monarchy of Egypt.
* BadassInDistress: She enlisted the help of none other than Julius Caesar to become Queen.
* BadassPrincess: before she became BadassInCharge.

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!!Relevant Tropes:

* TheAce: Part of what made Cleo such a master of courtly intrigue was that she could speak at least nine different languages fluently, perfect for a Queen whose life and kingdom depended on her ability to effectively schmooze. This stood
!!Tropes as portrayed in stark contrast to the rest of her family, most of whom never even bothered to learn Egyptian.
* ActionDuo: Herself and Caesar, as well as herself and Marc Antony.
* ActionMom: Shared power with her young sons and daughter, as well as Marc Antony.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Had to win several battles against her brothers to become sole ruler of Egypt. Eventually only supplanted by ''the first Roman Emperor'', so also undone by this trope.
* BadassFamily: Descended from the bodyguard of Alexander the Great, no less.
* BadassInCharge: of the millennia-old monarchy of Egypt.
* BadassInDistress: She enlisted the help of none other than Julius Caesar to become Queen.
* BadassPrincess: before she became BadassInCharge.
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Famously offed herself with a bite from a snake. The alternative would likely have been to be paraded through the streets of Rome in chains before being killed in some creative manner by Augustus' lackeys.
* BettyAndVeronica: Most certainly the Veronica, where the more decorous Roman Octavia was the Betty and Marc Anthony the Archie.
* BigEntrance: Since she was at war with her brother/ husband, she was forbidden from entry into Alexandria when Julius Caesar was visiting. Instead, she was smuggled into the city in a rug, which was unfurled in front of Caesar to reveal the Queen hidden inside. The effect on the notoriously amorous Caesar of being surprised by a beautiful 21-year-old must have been quite astounding.
* BrotherSisterIncest: The Ptolemies practised inbreeding as a tradition inherited from the original Pharaohs of Egypt. Cleopatra herself married two of her brothers, although given her second husband-brother was 14 when he was killed, this marriage was likely never consummated.



* DrivenToSuicide: Took her own life after seeing Antony die and Egypt conquered.
* EthicalSlut: In a way. She felt no shame in having love children with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony in order to solidify her kingdom's safety and power. At the time it was considered not only common but expected for Roman men to have extramarital affairs (in fact a man was considered pathetic if he only had the love of his wife), but that didn't mean that her lovers' wives had to like her.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Her response to seeing the snake used to kill herself was "Oh, so this was here."



* GoingNative: Contrary to popular belief, she was not herself Egyptian, but a Hellenistic Greek monarch, ruling in Egypt. Being on the tail-end of centuries of culture-mixing between the indigenous Egyptians and Greek colonists, Cleopatra's court was a mix of Hellenistic and Egyptian tradition, and she was the first Ptolemy to speak Egyptian in public and see much of the Egyptian countryside.
* KlingonPromotion: She got to the top as the end result of decades of civil war in Egypt.



* LadyOfWar [=/=] CommandingCoolness: Commanded the fleet at Actium.
* LittleMissBadass: Slaughtered her way to the top at the age of ''twenty-one''. Also, think how small a person must be to be carried in a ''carpet'' without detection!



* LastOfHerKind: The last ruler of the Ptolemaic line in Egypt, and the last Pharaoh.
* MemeticSexGoddess: Manage to attract the most powerful men in the Roman Republic, and even had one of them ''betray his nation and kickstart a civil war'' to be with her.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Just ask her brothers. Oh wait...
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Together with Nefertete and Hatsjepsut the most famous female pharao in popular culture, though she even eclipses them.



* RoyallyScrewedUp: Her family practiced incest, and usually fought against each other for power. She had been through two civil wars stared by her brothers, and had her siblings killed to secure power to herself.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She didn't leave her mark on history by sitting around eating figs, now did she?
* StarCrossedLovers: The love-affair between Cleopatra and Marc Antony has become one of the most famous historical romances.
* VindicatedByHistory: More of a household name than many, if not any, of her contemporaries.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Her family practiced incest, and usually fought against each other for power. She had been through two civil wars stared by her brothers, and had her siblings killed to secure power to herself.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She didn't leave her mark on history by sitting around eating figs, now did she?
* StarCrossedLovers: The love-affair between Cleopatra and Marc Antony has become one of the most famous historical romances.
* VindicatedByHistory: More of a household name than many, if not any, of her contemporaries.
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13th Jul '15 12:12:04 AM Iruparatso
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* EthicalSlut: In a way. She felt no shame in having love children with powerful men in order to solidify her kingdom's safety and power. At the time it was considered not only common but expected for Roman men to have extramarital affairs (in fact a man was considered pathetic if he only had the love of his wife), but that didn't mean that her lovers' wives had to like her.

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* EthicalSlut: In a way. She felt no shame in having love children with powerful men Julius Caesar and Mark Antony in order to solidify her kingdom's safety and power. At the time it was considered not only common but expected for Roman men to have extramarital affairs (in fact a man was considered pathetic if he only had the love of his wife), but that didn't mean that her lovers' wives had to like her.
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