Egypt and all of its aspects has been something that has interested me ever since I was a little girl, especially clothing. Which is why when I started thinking about Halloween costumes this year I decided that I wanted to go as Cleopatra. But come to think of it, what do people really know of Cleopatra? Either it’s very little knowledge or what they do know comes from the 1963 movie about her.
By the those who do not know much about her she is generally painted in the Roman view “as a dangerous harlot who employed sex, witchcraft and cunning as she grasped for power beyond what was proper for a woman.” But really, she was much loved by her people and did everything in her power to be seen as a true Egyptian (she was ethnically Greek descended from an Alexandrian general).
She was a very ambitious woman. Originally a co-ruler with her husband/ brother, she devised and played out an excellent plan that gained her the help of Julius Caeser in defeating her husband. After becoming sole pharaoh, “Cleopatra set about the business of ruling Egypt, the richest nation in the Mediterranean world, and the last to remain independent of Rome.”
Even though she is another aspect of ancient Egyptian history that has been dramatized by Hollywood it is said that she shared many qualities of the actresses that have portrayed her like Elizabeth Taylor. She was a queen whole loved costume and pageantry and “could reinvent herself to suit the occasion.” She was a bold yet mysterious woman that kept the people fascinated with her.
During her lifetime she may have seen in a not so positive light for many of her actions but it seems pretty incredible that she could do all of this while being the mother of not only Julius Caeser’s son but 3 of Mark Antony’s children as well. Two words: major multitasking.