Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Photos, Images, Biography

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

Cleopatra in hieroglips

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


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: bust
Queen Cleopatra (?)

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

Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. Coin
Photo 9
32 BC coin. Obverse:
Queen Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra. Coin
Photo 9a
Mark Antony

Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony

Cleopatra. Coin of Seleucis and Pieria in Syria
Coin of Seleucis and Pieria in Syria, with Mark Antony on obverse and Cleopatra VII on reverse
Photo by PHGCOM

 Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. Coin
"Photo" of Cleopatra VII on the coin

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. Hisiory and 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 Greats 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.


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 IV 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.
How did Cleopatra die

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 died because she killed herself by making an asp sting her.
Plutarch reports that Octavian succeeded in capturing Cleopatra in her mausoleum after the death of Antony. He ordered his freedman Epaphroditus to guard her to prevent her from committing suicide, because he wanted to present her in his triumph. But Cleopatra was able to deceive Epaphroditus and kill herself nevertheless. Plutarch states that she was found dead, her handmaiden Iras dying at her feet, and handmaiden Charmion adjusting her crown before she herself fell. He then goes on to state that an asp was concealed in a basket of figs that was brought to her by a rustic and she held out her arm for it to bite. Other stories state that it was hidden in a vase and that she poked it with a spindle until it got angry enough to bite her on the arm. Finally, he indicates that, in Octavian's triumphal march back in Rome, an effigy of Cleopatra was part of the parade that had an asp clinging to it.
Suetonius, writing about the same time as Plutarch - about 130 years after the event, also says Cleopatra died from an asp bite.

Other authors have questioned these historical accounts, stating that it is possible that Augustus had her killed. In 2010, German historian Christoph Schaefer declared that Cleopatra had actually been poisoned and died from drinking a mixture of poisons. After studying historical texts and consulting with toxicologists, Schaefer concluded that the asp could not have caused the quick and pain-free death claimed by most sources, since the asp venom paralyses parts of the body, starting with the eyes, before causing death. Of course, Cleopatra would have known of the violent and painful effects of an asp's venomous bite, so it is unlikely that it was the cause of her death. Also, the asp's bite is not always fatal. Schaefer has theorized that Cleopatra used a mixture of wolfsbane, opium and hemlock.

The Death of Queen Cleopatra by Juan Luna, 1881
The Death of Cleopatra by Juan Luna, 1881

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

It is impossible to say exactly how Cleopatra looked.
  According to legend, Cleopatra was a super-fox of the highest order.

It is impossible to say exactly how Cleopatra looked, but historians usually believe that Cleopatra's most attractive quality for her fans wasnt 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.

Cleopatra in turn seemed to only be attracted to men in a similarly high position of power.

The Dead Sea. Palm Trees
Jordan, December. Dead Sea in Winter: The Sun, Palm Trees.

By the bye, the legendary beauty Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, had a chalet at the seaside of the warm and salty Dead Sea. And it was the first ever spa facilities at the Salt Sea (or Dead Sea).

No doubt, the famous seductress Cleopatra knew how to take care of beauty.
Sunny coast of the Dead Sea is the best place to visit for treatment and rest. Remarkable mineral content of the sea water, the very low content of allergens in the atmosphere and the superior climate at this one and only place have specific health effects.

There is no telling how realistic the portraits of Egypt's queen are on all these photos. But that in the movies Cleopatra is not like the real queen Cleopatra - that's for sure.

Cleopatra in the cinema

Elizabeth Taylor as Queen Cleopatra, 1963
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963

Theda Bara in Cleopatra, 1917
Theda Bara in Cleopatra (1917)

Cleopatra as a subject in art

Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners by Alexandre Cabanel (1887)
Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners by Alexandre Cabanel (1887).

Cleopatra, koningin van Egypte. Foto's, afbeeldingen