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 Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh (Queen) of Egypt. Photos, Biography

  Photos of Cleopatra, queen of Egypt: was she really so beautiful?
 

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, the last real Pharaoh. Photos

 



Cleopatra, the last real pharaoh of Egypt. Siria coin
Cleopatra, the last real pharaoh of Egypt.
Siria coin
 

Cleopatra Vll Philopator, "Queen of Kings", was the latest really independent Pharaoh of Egypt. She become popular for her love adventures. Cleopatra is famed as the grand beauty and temptress. But Plutarch noted about her beauty: "... not as to impress". Cleopatra was appealing with her charm, intelligence and "sweetness tones of voice."

Cassius Dio characterizes Cleopatra as "a woman of exceptional beauty", quote: "... when she was in the prime of her biography, she was most striking; she also possessed a most charming voice and knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone. Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate everyone, even a love-sated man".

They say, queen Cleopatra used the healing power of Dead Sea to therapy her skin. Legend says, the first who discovered the therapeutic fitness of the Dead Sea was the Queen of Sheba. Then Cleopatra went to Dead Sea coast to arrange the first spa there (Dead Sea in those years was a part of Egypt). On the side, belle Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, had a chalet at the seaboard of the salty Dead Sea. This place can be noted as the first Spa at the Dead Sea.

Photos: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, the Last Independent Pharaoh of Egypt

Queen Cleopatra: computer 3D image
Photo 1. Queen Cleopatra: computer 3D image

We constructed this image by piecing together research collected by Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton from Cambridge University.
Pieced together from images on ancient artifacts, including a ring dating from Cleopatra's reign 2,000 years ago, it is the culmination of more than a year of painstaking research.

Queen Cleopatra: computer photo 2
Photo 2. Queen Cleopatra: computer image 2

Egyptologist Dr Sally Ann Ashton, of Cambridge University, said the images, to be broadcast as part of a Five documentary on Cleopatra, reflect the monarch's Greek heritage as well as her Egyptian upbringing.

"She probably wasn't just completely European. You've got to remember that her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to power."

Queen Cleopatra: computer photo 2a
Photo 2a Queen Cleopatra: computer photo 2a


Queen Cleopatra VII on the ring
Photo 2b Queen Cleopatra, portrait on the ring


Queen Cleopatra: bust from Berlin
Photo 3 Queen Cleopatra: bust from Berlin

Queen Cleopatra: Cleopatra VII on coins (1)
Photo 4 Queen Cleopatra: image of Cleopatra VII on the coin

Queen Cleopatra: Cleopatra VII. Image on the coin (2)
Photo 5. Pharaoh Cleopatra. Image on the coin (2)

Pharaoh Cleopatra on coins (3)
Photo 6. Pharaoh Cleopatra VII. Image on the coin (3)

Queen Cleopatra: Cleopatra VII on coins (4)
Image of Cleopatra VII on the coin (4).
When this coin was found - it was a sensation.
Is THIS really the famous beauty Cleopatra?!

Image of Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. Syria mint
Queen Cleopatra:  A tetradrachm with image of pharaoh Cleopatra VII. Syria mint
 

Of course, there is no real photo of Cleopatra. They do not exist because famous Queen lived two thousand years ago (69 – 30 BC), when photography did not exist.  But we can see real face of Cleopatra on preserved coins with images of Queen. On  some coins Cleopatra looks pretty cute. On another coins we see the face of not a beauty woman.
And on some coins queen Cleopatra looks awful (Photo 7).
Was Cleopatra really beauty... or not? No one knows for sure.


Cleopatra, the Last Real Pharaoh of Egypt. Biography

Cleopatra & her Jr brother became joint pharaohs of Egypt

Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt: statue from Saint Petersburg
Sculpture of Cleopatra VII as
the ancient goddess.
1st century BC.
St. Petersburg, Russia

 

 

Cleopatra was not ethnically Egyptian, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy 1 Soter, Alexander the Great’s general. When, in 323 B.C., Alexander died, Ptolemy took the reigns of Egypt and he launched a dynasty of Greek rulers of Egypt that lasted for three centuries. They say also that Cleopatra VII was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Alexander the Great.

Reign of Ptolemy XII Auletes, Cleopatra's father, was really malign. When Ptolemy Auletes with Cleopatra VII went to Rome, Cleopatra VI seized the crown but Berenice IV, Cleopatra's sister, poisoned her so she could become Pharaoh. When Ptolemy XII returned, Berenice was executed, and her head was sent to the pharaoh's court as was ordered by her father.

In 51 BC, when their father, Ptolemy Auletes, died, Cleopatra and her Jr brother were married  and became joint pharaohs. Cleopatra was 18, her brother was 10.

Fictitious spouses did not live friends. Within a year Cleopatra came into a contrariety with the Rome. It was why in 48 BC Cleopatra's Jr brother Ptolemy XIII with help of courtiers, became sole pharaoh.

Cleopatra had to get away.

Egypt and Rome
Murder of Pompey

Pompey was entangled in the Roman civilian war and was killed. Caesar came in Egypt, and Ptolemy XII showed him Pompey's head. Caesar was furious. In despite of Pompey was Caesar's contradictor, he was son in law of Caesar and Roman consul in Egypt. Caesar seized the capital of Egypt and superimposed himself as arbitrator between Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra.

Caesar

To use the spite of Caesar's to her benefit Cleopatra had secretly snuck to Caesar's apartments. For that she was packaged in a big tapis and Apollodorus the Sicilian brought her to Caesar'room past the guards of Ptolemy. When the tapis was deployed, Cleopatra get out of it and instantly charmed Caesar, who was married. Albeit Caesar was 31 years older than Cleopatra, they began a whirlwind romance. Cleopatra now become no stranger in  Rome. 9 months later Cleopatra had bore a son.

Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, and Julius Caesar
Caesar and Cleopatra.
Jean-Léon Gérôme

 

 

With Caesar help Cleopatra Cleopatra again became Pharaoh of Egypt, with her another Jr brother Ptolemy ÕIV as co-pharaoh.

Adultery Caesar with Cleopatra caused scandal because Caesar was married. But Caesar did not attach any importance to this.

Julius Caesar was slaughtered in 44 BC and Cleopatra back to Egypt. Ptolemy XIV was died – perhaps with the Cleopatra's help – and she has made her son co-pharaoh.

Mark Antony

In 41 BC, Mark Antony, the ruler of Rome, more precisely - one of triumvirs, invoked Cleopatra to confirm her trustiness and agreement to be his ally. Cleopatra so charmed Antony that he decided to go to her in Egypt.

Her sister Arsinoe was participating at the Siege of Alexandria, therefore Cleopatra asked Anthony to kill her. Arsinoe was executed on the steps of the temple, and it shocked Rome.

Antony and Cleopatra married the Egyptian rite, and had three children, although Anthony already had a wife in Rome.

 

Queen Cleopatra, from the Ruins of Dendera

Queen Cleopatra, from the Ruins of Dendera.
A Confederate Soldier in Egypt, 1884,
image was published by William W. Loring.

Antony awarded Cleopatra the rank of "Queen of Kings," and Cleopatra assigned to herself the dignity of the new Isis. Egyptians thought her was new goddess.

Antony and Octavian have quarreled in 33 BC, and Rome began a war against Egypt. The war ended with the defeat of Antony. When Octavian close to Alexandria in 30 BC, Antony's troops defected to Octavian.

Last Independent Pharaoh. The End of Biography

When his troops defected to Octavian, Antony accused Cleopatra of treason. She was frightened of his anger, so hid in her monument and ordered to report Anthony about her death. Believing this, Antony struck himself with his sword to die. At this time, another men came with the message that she is alive. The door of the monument was barricaded and Cleopatra with her maidservants pulled Antony in the monument through the window. Antony asked Cleopatra not to cry, had a glass of wine and died.

Octavian captured Cleopatra. He ordered to watch her because she was able to commit suicide, and Octavian planned to present Cleopatra in his triumph in Rome. But Queen Cleopatra deceived the security guard, and put an end to her biography. On August 12, 30 B.C., the last Egyptian queen took her own life inside a mausoleum in Alexandria.

The ancient Roman authors tell us that Cleopatra killed herself by making an asp sting her. Other authors suggest that Octavian August had killed her. In 2010  Christoph Schaefer, the German historian, declared that Cleopatra drunk a blend of wolfsbane, hemlock and opium, and that was the cause of her pain-free death.

Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Caesar, became pharaoh, but soon he was killed. Caesarion's death ended the line of Egyptian pharaohs. The children of Antony and Cleopatra were taken care of by Antony's wife, Octavia Minor.

Some photos of Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, and text from  Wikipedia



Unless of course giant ornamental hair birds are a thing now.
  According to legend, Cleopatra was a super-fox of the highest order and her beauty was said to be enough to launch a thousand ships and for the most part, this is true, if you don’t judge her looks or appearances by modern standards.

Exactly what Cleopatra looked like isn’t totally clear, but historians are generally in agreement that Cleopatra’s most attractive quality to her suitors wasn’t so much her looks as her position as Pharaoh of Egypt, a position she used to bend men to her whim and make them do basically whatever she wanted. Usually some weird sex thing but sometimes grant her a political favor.

Cleopatra in turn seemed to only be attracted to men in a similarly high position of power with their looks or ability to lay pipe (translation: penis) being of secondary concern to the political benefits being joined at the hip would provide.

This said, Cleopatra wasn’t about using her womanly wiles to seduce men and she often, in stark contrast to the times, was more than happy to make the first move on a man or dick she wanted. The most hilarious example of this is the time Cleopatra decided she wanted Julius Caesar’s centurion just all up in her cooch while he was on a diplomatic visit.

From factfiend.com