Was Cleopatra really Egyptian?

| Linda Brown | History

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Well, the short answer is no! Though Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt, she was actually of  Hellenic (greek) origin. 

She was the last ruler of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty. This house is named after its founder Ptolemy Soter, a general and companion of Alexander the Great who conquered the area.

Her name means ‘glory of the father’ in Greek. 

Kleos, meaning ‘glory’, combined with pater, meaning ‘father’. 

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And for all of you who Cleopatra’s fans, here’s some more:

Cleopatra inherited the throne in 51 BC. In his will, her father wrote that nominates Cleopatra (18 years old) together Ptolemy (10 years old) as co-rulers.

From the beginning of her reign, Cleopatra has prevented her brother from any signs of government, making sure that her name only appears on the official documents and the coins of the kingdom.

Egyptian aristocracy did not like her independence. They preferred her younger brother who was easier to influence.

In the spring of 48 BC, Cleopatra was forced to flee the royal court, and Ptolemy the thirteenth was left to be the only ruler.

Cleopatra then began a period of hard times. she fled to Upper Egypt to try to get aid, then to Syria, and then to Ashkelon (modern-day Israel), whose residents welcomed her with great enthusiasm.

Ashkelon was an ally of the Ptolemy kings after the latter helped to disengage from the Hasmonean rule and made the city autonomous. There she received the royal treatment as well as financial and military aid. Even coins bearing her portraits had been mint.

That year, Caesar concluded that preventing war between Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy was a in his interest, and therefore invited them for arbitration.

Cleopatra’s condition was difficult, and the chances of her weak army being able to defeat Ptolemy’s army were very low. The only way she could turn the tide was to try to influence Caesar.

Cleopatra sailed secretly to Alexandria and was penetrated the palace, accompanied only by the courtier. Cleopatra was able to snick into a sack containing Caesar’s bedding. Later, when that sack was brought Caesar’s room, Cleopatra discovered in her self in full exclusion before Caesar.

At the time of their encounter, Cleopatra was 21 and Emperor 52. According to ancient sources, she was a beautiful and confident woman. Caesar fell for her.

And for all of you who Cleopatra’s fans, here’s some more:

Cleopatra inherited the throne in 51 BC. In his will, her father wrote that nominates Cleopatra (18 years old) together Ptolemy (10 years old) as co-rulers.

From the beginning of her reign, Cleopatra has prevented her brother from any signs of government, making sure that her name only appears on the official documents and the coins of the kingdom.

Egyptian aristocracy did not like her independence. They preferred her younger brother who was easier to influence.

In the spring of 48 BC, Cleopatra was forced to flee the royal court, and Ptolemy the thirteenth was left to be the only ruler.

Cleopatra then began a period of hard times. she fled to Upper Egypt to try to get aid, then to Syria, and then to Ashkelon (modern-day Israel), whose residents welcomed her with great enthusiasm.

Ashkelon was an ally of the Ptolemy kings after the latter helped to disengage from the Hasmonean rule and made the city autonomous. There she received the royal treatment as well as financial and military aid. Even coins bearing her portraits had been mint.

That year, Caesar concluded that preventing war between Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy was a in his interest, and therefore invited them for arbitration.

Cleopatra’s condition was difficult, and the chances of her weak army being able to defeat Ptolemy’s army were very low. The only way she could turn the tide was to try to influence Caesar.

Cleopatra sailed secretly to Alexandria and was penetrated the palace, accompanied only by the courtier. Cleopatra was able to snick into a sack containing Caesar’s bedding. Later, when that sack was brought Caesar’s room, Cleopatra discovered in her self in full exclusion before Caesar.

At the time of their encounter, Cleopatra was 21 and Emperor 52. According to ancient sources, she was a beautiful and confident woman. Caesar fell for her.