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Cleopatra's Love Affairs
A discussion of the many love affairs of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
# 106035 | 990 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 23, 2008 in History (Leaders) , Women Studies (Historical Figures)

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The paper introduces and analyzes the topic of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Specifically it discusses the motive for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The paper relates that Cleopatra ruled Egypt as a result of her father's death and,at the age of 17, she took over the rule of Egypt until she was ousted from power and fled the country. The paper relates the numerous love affairs she was involved in, her goal being to regain the throne and her power.

From the Paper:

"Cleopatra's first infamous love affair was with Julius Caesar, who had conquered Egypt and was attempting to decide who should reign over the country in Rome's behalf. Cleopatra wanted the job, and did not want to arouse suspicion in her brother's guards, so to meet with Caesar she had herself rolled up inside a carpet and delivered directly to him. Cleopatra seduced him, and they became lovers. In return, she gained the power and the throne in Egypt, and spent time in Rome with Caesar, as well. One historian notes, "Cleopatra was politically brilliant and secured Caesar's loyalty, certainly not only through sexual pleasure, but through manipulation of her own" (Editors). Cleopatra bore Caesar a son, further ingratiating herself to him, and she used him to regain her power and prestige in Egypt. It is not clear if she really loved him or not, but it is clear that she was shrewd and recognized that this powerful Roman would be a sound ally and advisor. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Editors. "Cleopatra." 2006. 5 Nov. 2007.<>
  • Walker, Susan. "Cleopatra: From History to Myth." History Today Apr. 2001: 6.
  • Webb, Al. "Heads She's Homely; Tails He's Ugly; Coin Shows Love Was Blind for Antony, Cleopatra." The Washington Times 15 Feb. 2007: A01.

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