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What did Cleopatra do?

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Cleopatra ruled the country of Egypt with her beauty as well as her mysteriously charming personality, and had affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt starting in 52 B.C., and was one of the most powerful Egyptian rulers in history because she able to hold her country together despite its conflicts internally and externally.

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Cleopatra was born into the royal ruling class family in Egypt. Her father, King Ptolemy XII, left the throne to Cleopatra when she was just 18, in 51 B.C. Her brother, Ptolemy XIII, was 10. Egypt had many problems during this time, including floods, famines and a poor economy.

Immediately after Cleopatra was given power, her brother started to fight with her and wanted to rule Egypt by himself. She was able to flee to Syria and then return in 48 B.C. with a much more powerful military backing than her brother had. Soon after, the affairs started, with Julius Caesar first falling in love with Cleopatra. He helped her build her military power, and defeated Ptolemy at the Battle of the Nile.

Once Cleopatra was back as ruler, she continued to rule Egypt until her suicide on August 12, 30 B.C. She committed suicide because her lover, Marc Anthony, committed suicide first when he was told falsely that Cleopatra had died. The two were buried together according to their wishes.

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    Who killed Cleopatra?

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    According to German historian Christoph Schaefer, Cleopatra killed herself by drinking a mixture of poisons. This challenges the old and common belief that the Queen of the Nile died of a snake bite.

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    How did Cleopatra become pharaoh?

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    Cleopatra became Pharaoh upon her father's death. In his will, Ptolemy XII left the monarchy to 17-year-old Cleopatra and her 10-year-old brother, Ptolemy XIII, and they ruled Egypt together.

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    Where did Cleopatra live?

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    Cleopatra lived in several places during her life, including Alexandria, Syria and Rome. Her time in Syria was not by her choice due to being exiled from Alexandria because of her determination to rule and the people's dislike of her.

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    What made Cleopatra famous?

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    Cleopatra is famous due to her relationships with high-ranking Romans and her status as the last queen of ancient Egypt. She was known for her beauty, intelligence and seduction skills. Cleopatra is also remembered for her mysterious suicide.

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