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Cleopatra Vll was born in 69 BC in Alexandria Egypt Despite what people say today that she was glamorous and beautiful she was far from it She is shown on ancient coins with a long hooked nose and masculine features Although she was not beautiful she was clearly a very seductive woman and she used this to further Egypt politically She had a beautiful musical voice It is also said that she was highly intelligent She spoke nine different languages and she was the first Ptolemy pharaoh who could actually spoke Egyptian She ascended the Egyptian throne after her father Ptolemy Xll Auletes died in 51 BC Cleopatra which was seventeen at the time and her brother Ptolemy Xlll which was twelve were married because of the terms of her fathers will They then ruled Egypt together In the third year of their reign Ptolemys advisers told him that he should rule Egypt by himself So because of this he drove Cleopatra into exile Cleopatra then escaped to Syria She then returned with an army Ptolemy sent an army to meet with her At this point Julius Caesar of Rome arrived in pursuit of an enemy who was seeking help from Ptolemy Cleopatra had to roll herself up in a rug so that she wouldnt get killed while entering Egypt If she hadnt hidden herself she would have been killed When she unrolled herself in front of Caesar he fell in love with her right awayCaesar had to choose which of the Egyptian rulers to help keep the throne Of course he chose Cleopatra He then became Cleopatras love r In 47 BC Ptolemy Xlll drowned in the Nile while trying to escape and Caesar then restored Cleopatra to her throne After her older brother Ptolemy Xlll was died Cleopatra was then forced by custom to marry her youngest brother Ptolemy XlV which was about eleven at the time After Cleopatra
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