History UsefulNotes / CleopatraVII

1st Jul '17 8:52:57 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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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.


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* In the 2002 film based on the album ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra'', she's portrayed by Creator/MonicaBellucci.
11th Jun '17 3:27:28 PM JulianLapostat
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* Also battled against Creator/MarilynMonroe in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.


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* Also battled against Creator/MarilynMonroe in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.
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11th Jun '17 3:26:58 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'' is set during her reign.
19th Apr '17 7:15:33 PM JulianLapostat
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The identity of Cleopatra's mother is uncertain. Born the third child of Pharaoh Ptolemy XII Auletes, Auletes lost his grip on his kingdom due to corruption and the loss of of Cyprus and Cyrenaica. In a desperate bid to regain control, he fled and begged Rome for money and troops to help him regain his throne. Cleopatra's two older sisters, Cleopatra VI Tryphaena and Berenice IV, seized power at this time -- first Cleopatra VI, then Berenice upon her mysterious death.

Whether or not Cleopatra VII accompanied her father to Rome or remained in Egypt is debatable; she isn't really a concern in the contemporary records of either place. The reason this is even a question is because some accounts describe her as meeting Marc Antony around this age, while others assert she met him as an adult.

What is certain is that Auletes eventually was able to secure the troops and money, and that Berenice was imprisoned and executed for her disloyalty. Cleopatra was now fourteen, the eldest of her remaining siblings, and thus the one with the best chance of keeping a hold on the throne should their father die. He elevated her to joint ruler at this point, though it's unlikely she had much power.

In his will, four years later, he decreed that 18-year-old Cleopatra would rule jointly with her ten-year-old brother, Ptolemy XIII. She married him according to Egyptian custom, which the Ptolemies adopted for whatever reason, but refused to share power with him. Eventually, she progressed to leaving his name off official documents and his face off the coinage. This was just another complication on top of widespread famine and the Nile not flooding enough to irrigate crops.

Around this time, Cleopatra ran foul of the Gabiniani, troops left behind when her father was restored to power. They killed the sons of the Roman governor of Syria, she handed them over in chains, and they didn't forget that. She was exiled when they joined with a cabal of courtiers and had Ptolemy placed on the throne as sole ruler.

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The identity of Cleopatra's mother is uncertain. Born the third child of Pharaoh Ptolemy XII Auletes, Auletes lost his grip on his kingdom due to corruption and the loss of of Cyprus and Cyrenaica. In a desperate bid to regain control, he fled and begged Rome for money and troops to help him regain his throne. Cleopatra's two older sisters, Cleopatra VI Tryphaena and Berenice IV, seized power at this time -- first Cleopatra VI, then Berenice upon her mysterious death. \n\n Whether or not Cleopatra VII accompanied her father to Rome or remained in Egypt is debatable; she isn't really a concern in the contemporary records of either place. The reason this is even a question is because some accounts describe her as meeting Marc Antony around this age, while others assert she met him as an adult. \n\n What is certain is that Auletes eventually was able to secure the troops and money, and that Berenice was imprisoned and executed for her disloyalty. Cleopatra was now fourteen, the eldest of her remaining siblings, and thus the one with the best chance of keeping a hold on the throne should their father die. He elevated her to joint ruler at this point, though it's unlikely she had much power.

In his will, four years later, he decreed that 18-year-old Cleopatra would rule jointly with her ten-year-old brother, Ptolemy XIII. She married him according to Egyptian custom, which the Ptolemies adopted for whatever reason, but refused to share power with him. Eventually, she progressed to leaving his name off official documents and his face off the coinage. This was just another complication on top of widespread famine and the Nile not flooding enough to irrigate crops. \n\n Around this time, Cleopatra ran foul of the Gabiniani, troops left behind when her father was restored to power. They killed the sons of the Roman governor of Syria, she handed them over in chains, and they didn't forget that. She was exiled when they joined with a cabal of courtiers and had Ptolemy placed on the throne as sole ruler.



This led to a civil war in Alexandria, and, possibly, the burning of the famous Alexandria library. Caesar eventually got things under control, but Ptolemy drowned when his armor weighed him down too much. Cleopatra was promptly married to their younger brother, and ''he'' became her co-ruler. Her younger sister, Arsinoe, was taken to Rome by Caesar and executed.

After the assassination of Caesar, Cleopatra insinuated herself into the newly formed government among Caesar's three heirs: ''de jure'' successor Octavius, and Caesar's top generals Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus. Antony was given reign over the Eastern provinces (such as Egypt) and Cleo ensured her place in the new government by becoming Antony's lover and mother of three of his children (which was a shock to Antony's wife, Octavia, who was also Octavius' sister).

When civil war broke out between Octavius and Antony some ten years later, Cleopatra was the principal military force backing Antony's cause (the official declaration of war was against Cleopatra, not Antony), but it was for naught. Cleo and Antony's combined forces were no match for Octavius, and after losing the Battle of Actium, the two of them escaped back to Egypt where they committed suicide, Cleo by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp, if legend is to be believed. Egypt was fully absorbed into Rome, Octavius officially changed his name to Augustus, and the line of Pharaohs was permanently disbanded. Egypt wouldn't know independence from Rome until six centuries later with the conquest by the Muslim Arabs.

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This led to a civil war in Alexandria, and, possibly, the burning of the famous Alexandria library. Caesar eventually got things under control, but Ptolemy drowned when his armor weighed him down too much. Cleopatra was promptly married to their younger brother, and ''he'' became her co-ruler. Her younger sister, Arsinoe, was taken to Rome by Caesar and executed. \n\n After the assassination of Caesar, Cleopatra insinuated herself into the newly formed government among Caesar's three heirs: ''de jure'' successor Octavius, and Caesar's top generals Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus. Antony was given reign over the Eastern provinces (such as Egypt) and Cleo ensured her place in the new government by becoming Antony's lover and mother of three of his children (which was a shock to Antony's wife, Octavia, who was also Octavius' sister).

When civil war broke out between Octavius and Antony some ten years later, Cleopatra was the principal military force backing Antony's cause (the official declaration of war was against Cleopatra, not Antony), but it was for naught. Cleo and Antony's combined forces were no match for Octavius, and after losing the Battle of Actium, the two of them escaped back to Egypt where they committed suicide, Cleo by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp, if legend is to be believed. Egypt was fully absorbed into Rome, Octavius officially changed his name to Augustus, and the Augustus. [[LastOfHisKind The line of Pharaohs was permanently disbanded. Egypt wouldn't know independence from Rome until six centuries later with the conquest by the Muslim Arabs.
Ptolemaics]] ended forever.



* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: There's no doubting that she was a phenomenally sexy woman, but she definitely did not look a thing like Creator/ElizabethTaylor. In fact, many contemporaries of Cleopatra noted that she was rather plain-looking, all things considered, but that it was her charm, charisma, sense of humor, and intelligence which attracted so many powerful men to her side.
** Inverted by Cleopatra herself, who made herself look a lot uglier in portraits - see LadyLooksLikeADude.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: There's no doubting that she was a phenomenally sexy woman, but in all probability, she definitely did not look a thing like Creator/ElizabethTaylor. In fact, many Many contemporaries of Cleopatra noted that she was rather plain-looking, all things considered, but that it was her charm, charisma, sense of humor, and intelligence which attracted so many powerful men to her side.
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side. Or at least that's what Roman historians would hypothesize because it wouldn't do to admit that foreign women are more attractive than Roman girls and that the great men Cleopatra herself, who made seduced weren't so shallow as to be drawn by looks. Of course given how varied our own ideas of beauty are from the recent past, it would diverge even greatly from the aesthetics of the Ancient World. For instance, Cleopatra herself look a lot uglier presented herself differently in portraits - see LadyLooksLikeADude.two of her portraits.
19th Apr '17 5:08:04 PM MagnusForce
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', her clone is an AlphaBitch who serves as the love interest to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy
3rd Mar '17 2:07:08 PM Xtifr
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The teenage Ptolemy and his advisers made a grave mistake, however, when they executed the fleeing Roman consular Pompey, son-in-law and long-term rival of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. Upon hearing of the death, Caesar promptly took control of Egypt and declared himself the mediator between Ptolemy and Cleopatra. Cleopatra saw her chance and, legend has it, had herself smuggled to Caesar inside a rolled-up carpet. They had an affair, with Cleopatra giving birth to his son, Caesarion, or "Little Caesar." End result was that Caesar decided not to annex Egypt, and settled that Cleopatra and her brother were to be reconciled. Cleopatra would have preferred for Caesar to name their son his heir (which was illegal under Roman law, as Caesarion was not a Roman citizen) and to rule jointly with him after Caesar left, but Caesar refused.

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The teenage Ptolemy and his advisers made a grave mistake, however, when they executed the fleeing Roman consular Pompey, son-in-law and long-term rival of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Upon hearing of the death, Caesar promptly took control of Egypt and declared himself the mediator between Ptolemy and Cleopatra. Cleopatra saw her chance and, legend has it, had herself smuggled to Caesar inside a rolled-up carpet. They had an affair, with Cleopatra giving birth to his son, Caesarion, or "Little Caesar." End result was that Caesar decided not to annex Egypt, and settled that Cleopatra and her brother were to be reconciled. Cleopatra would have preferred for Caesar to name their son his heir (which was illegal under Roman law, as Caesarion was not a Roman citizen) and to rule jointly with him after Caesar left, but Caesar refused.
16th Feb '17 10:25:04 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Was usually portrayed in ''Series/{{Histeria}}'' by The World's Oldest Woman, although once, when a younger depiction was needed, by Pepper Mills, and one on occasion, quite oddly, by [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a Harvey Fierstein sound-alike]].



* Was usually portrayed in ''Series/{{Histeria}}'' by The World's Oldest Woman, although once, when a younger depiction was needed, by Pepper Mills, and one on occasion, quite oddly, by [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a Harvey Fierstein sound-alike]].
21st Jan '17 12:02:02 PM Aquila89
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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]] (69-30 BC) 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]].
19th Jan '17 7:09:42 AM jamespolk
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* One of the most famous lost films of all time is the 1917 silent ''Cleopatra'' with Theda Bara. The negative was burned up in a 1937 fire.
* ''[[Film/{{Cleopatra 1934}} Cleopatra]]'' (1934) starred Creator/ClaudetteColbert in a film directed by Creator/CecilBDeMille.
15th Jan '17 1:38:23 AM HaggisMcCrablice
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* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' where she demolishes the pyramids so she can build a mall(for herself only).

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* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' where she demolishes the pyramids so she can build a mall(for mall (for herself only).


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* Was usually portrayed in ''Series/{{Histeria}}'' by The World's Oldest Woman, although once, when a younger depiction was needed, by Pepper Mills, and one on occasion, quite oddly, by [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a Harvey Fierstein sound-alike]].
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