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Cleopatra Queen of the Nile Egypt which is located in northeastern Africa along the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea has had many famous rulers One of the most famous is Cleopatra She is famous for her love affairs and the fair ruling of the Egyptians In 69 BC the year of Cleopatras birth the land of Egypt was both a prosperous and poor country It was poor because most Egyptians were farmers and laborers who were living in extreme poverty At the same time it was also prosperous because the land was rich and produced large quantities of food While these quantities kept the common people fed Egypts rulers and wealthy nobles traded the entire extra Because of this Egypts rulers and wealthy nobles were rich in gold and other precious metals and stones and enjoyed very lavish life-styles From 305 BC to 30 BC the Ptolemies ruled Egypt as a monarchy For the common Egyptians little had changed since olden pharaohs except that the royal family was now Greek The Ptolemaic kings and queens were unsympathetic and cared little for the suffering of the Egyptian people Most common people had nothing to look forward to in life They continued working in the fields on building projects or in the state owned mines All of these bad conditions made the Ptolemies unpopular with the Egyptians but it wasnt the only reason The Ptolemies also refused to recognize or worship traditional Egyptian gods and refused to learn the Egyptian language These actions created a cultural barrier between the Egyptians and their rulers Cleopatra VII was born in 69 bc Her parents were Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra Tryphainia probably his sister Cleopatras childhood was very luxurious When her father died he willed that Cleopatra rule jointly with her brother Ptolemy XIII who was 13 Ptolemy XIII was too young to rule so his advisor had the real power Cleopatras joint rule was cut short due to
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