Emma McCulloch Year 11
Cleopatra was a woman who never let herself get swept away by events but instead used them to her full advantage. She was seen as a seductress whose determination and allure elevated her kingdom's prestige and it is due to this that she is known as being one of the most powerful female leaders in all of history. The determined queen was of Macedonian descent, worshipped as a god and had a keen ambition to become an independent and influential leader for Egypt. In doing this, she went to many great lengths to obtain and retain sources of power. Alongside this vaulting ambition and vision, Cleopatra wanted Egypt to become a strong nation in order to demonstrate her capabilities and control. She used events such as her banishment to Syria, alliance with Julius Caesar and her relationship with Mark Antony, all to advance in her political status.