Secrets of the Dead

How Hollywood got Cleopatra wrong – 9 things you might not know about Cleopatra

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What people know about Cleopatra is what we have seen in the movies and this information is only what the Romans wrote about her, and it was a propaganda.

You are a goddess Cleopatra. Everything is permitted to a goddess.

Two thousand years after her death, the legend of Cleopatra still fascinates us.

Cleopatra is a pivotal figure in Egyptian history. She comes from a background of the most turbulent, dramatic soap operatic royal family, there's ever been.

Her story seems to have absolutely everything, it's got sex, it's got wealth, it's got power.

She was the lover of Julius Caesar...and Mark Antony... And at one time she was the richest woman in the world.

Cleopatra got what she needed.

Cleopatra got what she wanted.

But following defeat at the hands of the Roman Empire, she ended her life.

And one mystery remains unsolved: Where was she buried?

The truth is we don't exactly know what happened, either around the time of her death or what happened to her body afterwards.

Barely any traces of Cleopatra or her reign reign survive today.

Victors write history, and that means that a lot of Cleopatra's been swept away - and that leaves us with a lot of questions unanswered, and it leaves us with something of an enigma.


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