Cleopatra: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Cleopatra VII, known by historians as just Cleopatra, is one of the most famous women in history. Everyone has heard her name, but there are a lot of facts about her that are not so well known. Here is part one of our list.

Number Fifteen: She was not Egyptian

Many people assume that the ruler was Egyptian, since that’s where she ended up. It turns out that she actually came from Greek origins, though the exact details of this are less clear.

Number Fourteen: Cleopatra Became Pharaoh at 18 Years Old

This is quite impressive, since pharaoh is the equivalent of queen. She had to share the throne with her younger brother, who was only 10.

Number Thirteen: She was the Product of Incest

This was not unusual back then, and was especially common in royal houses. A lot of her ancestors married cousins or siblings, and it’s been suspected that Cleopatra’s parents may have been brother and sister.

Number Twelve: Not as Beautiful as They Say

Though various forms of propaganda surrounding her reign insist that she was exceptionally attractive and may have even used her sex appeal to achieve political means, others claim that she was not very attractive. There are some coins from around that time period that show a women much less beautiful than other sources.

Number Eleven: Her Son, the Next Caesar

It was the goal of this woman to have her son come after Caesar to rule the great Roman Empire. This was for the purpose of maintaining her control over Egypt, and an example of her great scheming abilities.

Number Ten: She May Have Poisoned Her Brother

There exists a lot of speculation that Cleopatra may have been responsible for the death of her brother, Ptolemy XIV. When he died, she appointed herself and her own son to be the rulers and last pharaohs of Egypt.

Number Nine: Entertaining Entrances

This woman believed herself to be a goddess on earth, and was known for making elaborate entrances by using clever stagecraft. This was for the purpose of wooing potential allies and establishing her own believed divine status. We hope you enjoyed part one of our list, and be sure to check back soon for part two.