biography on cleopatra

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Cleopatra was born in 69 BC in Alexandria, Egypt. She was born into royalty and took over the kingdom when her father Ptolemy Auletes died, in the springtime of 51 BC. The law made it so that Cleopatra was forced to marry. So she married her brother Ptolemy XIII when he was twelve, however she soon dropped his name and didn't include him in anything. This was a bold move because of at the time a male was always supposed to be atleast a co-ruler. Just to show her people that she was the bigshot she put only her picture and name on the coins and ignored her brother.

She was starting to scare people by her actions and in 48 BC she was overthrown from office, and forced to flee. Later that year Caesar showed up in Alexandria. He brought with him soldiers and it was obvious to everybody what his intentions were.

Cleopatra saw this as an opportunity and had herself smuggled in through enemy lines rolled in a carpet. Then she was delivered to Caesar. Her and Caesar were lovers and it is thought that Caesar planned to maker her the ruler of Alexandria.

After some wars and things Cleopatra ended up as the sole ruler of Egypt. Caesar must have had selfish motives for making her ruler, but Cleopatra's intelligence and inheritance did have some influence as well. She became pregnant rather quickly with Caesar's child. Caesar and Cleopatra then took a trip up the Nile for about two months. Caesarion was born on June 23, 47 BC.

The following year Caesar returned to Rome and brought Cleopatra with her friends. This offended a lot of people. She didn't act the way that most people wished she would. She offended many. People were upset...