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Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history as Cleopatra, was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death during the Hellenistic period.

Born: 69 BC (Month: October), Alexandria

Died: August 12, 30 BC, Alexandria

Full name: Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator

Siblings: Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator, Arsinoe IV of Egypt, Ptolemy XIV of Egypt, Berenice IV of Egypt

Children: Caesarion, Cleopatra Selene, Alexander Helios, Ptolemy Philadelphus

Parents: Ptolemy XII Auletes, Cleopatra V of Egypt

According to Egyptian law, Cleopatra was forced to have a consort, who was either a brother or a son, no matter what age, throughout her reign. She was married to her younger brother Ptolemy XIII when he was twelve, however she soon dropped his name from any official documents regardless of the Ptolemaic insistence that the male presence be first among co-rulers. She also had her own portrait and name on coins of that time, ignoring her brother’s. When Cleopatra became co-regent, her world was crumbling down around her. Cyprus, Coele-Syria and Cyrenaica were gone. There was anarchy abroad and famine at home. Cleopatra was a strong-willed Macedonian queen who was brilliant and dreamed of a greater world empire. She almost achieved it. Whether her way of getting it done was for her own desires or for the pursuit of power will never be known for certain. However, like many Hellenistic queens, she was passionate but not promiscuous. As far as we know, she had no other lovers other than Caesar and Antony. Many believe that she did what she felt was necessary to try to save Alexandria, whatever the price.

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Comments

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    Your creation of her is just stunning. Love her close up. A super achievement you should be so proud of. xoxoxoxoxo

  • thanks very much autumnwing for your support and view on my work

    – shadowlea

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Simply beautiful. Really wonderful work Lea. xo

  • thanks heaps Donna, for the great compliment

    – shadowlea

  • rainbowflowers
    rainbowflowersover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work!

  • thank you rainbowflowers for your view and compliment on this

    – shadowlea

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago


    Congratulations! Gorgeous work, Irene!
    View your feature here and join me in congratulating our co-creators!
    March 2013

  • thanks very much for the honour….appreciated tori

    – shadowlea

  • mordechai
    mordechaiover 1 year ago

    I have heard that Cleopatra wasn’t even pretty. But, after all, it is her legend that makes her beautiful, and what does an artist care about what isn’t beautiful?

  • thanks mordechai, going by some pictures of her, she seemed quite plain, but having the tools I thought I’d give her a make over……amazing what a little make up does….lol

    – shadowlea

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    March 1, 2013

  • thank you very much for this fabulous honour Teresa

    – shadowlea

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work! Love the adornments around her eyes that have so much power in them!

  • thank you very much Mui_ling Teh for your view and thoughts on this

    – shadowlea

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 1 year ago

    Such a beautiful and powerful image Shadowlea OUTSTANDING WORK well done love it lee

  • thanks very much Leonie, appreciate the wonderful compliment

    – shadowlea

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Just love it,……Beautiful Cleopatra your have created,….

  • thanking you very much John for your thoughts, appreciated

    – shadowlea

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago


    March 8th, 2013
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    Mary

  • appreciated very much this wonderful honour, thank you Mary

    – shadowlea

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