Monday, January 12, 2009

Queen Cleopatra

Queen Cleopatra was the last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt, very popular for her beauty and for her love story with the Roman Caesar. After Caesar's murder, Rome was in turmoil . Several armies competed for control. The two greatest generals were Mark Antony and Octavian. Octavian was the adopted son of Julius Caesar, but Mark Antony led a larger army.

When Antony asked Cleopatra to meet with him, Cleopatra decided that she had another opportunity to return to power both in Egypt, and in Rome. She had made one ruler of Rome fall in love with her. Could she conquer another Roman leader's heart? She agreed to meet with Mark Anthony in 42 B.C. and her royal ship was prepared to take her to him.

The legend says that when Cleopatra went to meet him she was dressed as Venus the Roman love goddess, and had her maid dressed as fairies and filled her ship with flowers as it is said that Rome could smell her fragrance before her ship was seen from shore.

On first sight Antony was love struck and forgetting his duties followed her to Alexandria and spent the winter with her.

The story goes on until they get married and takes Alexandria as his final home, deserting his country and his wife for the sake of the beautiful Cleopatra, which angered his people back in rome, and they decided to declare war on Egypt, Antony was killed in the war, and Cleopatra killed herself in grief over Anthony.


narayanan said...

I have heard that Octavius wes Caesar's sister's son and Antony is pictured as enemy to Octavius. I have heard thatantony married Octavius' sister and left to live with cleopatra in Egypt. But nice in very casual style. I reached here from Linkreferral. To increase place collaborative posts, as many as you like, at http:// todd

amr.m.rezk said...

hi Narayanan,all what you said is true, and thanks for the comment

Manisha said...

Hi Amr,

Apologies for the inordinate delay in responding but would love to know where I can get a copy of Four Women of Egypt? I did respond on my blog finaly but thought the chances of you reading it here were far more...

The only catch is that it would need to have English subtitles for me to understand as I do not speak or really understand Arabic, bu would be grateful if you can give me the website addressses!

BY the way, like your blog...shall come back more often!

amr.m.rezk said...

It's ok Manisha, and I do read your blog and Kim's blog regularly, and I'm very happy that you visited my blog and commented.
About the copy, I'll get back to you soon.

cheers, amr

Art said...

Mark Antony must have known that Rome would react badly to his moves with Cleopatra. What was he thinking?

holidays egypt said...

I heard that Cleopatra was the most beautiful woman at that time and she used to take bath with milk rather than water which made her more and more beautiful. It's good to read more about her and come to know some unknown facts.

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