When it comes to gender equality, History has been a little unfair to women.
It’s not entirely the fault of the data filers, women were not entirely allowed to play an active role in the making of History and yet, there were some women who broke the shackles of prejudice in their then truly patriarch world and made sure that their name was inscribed in History in golden letters.
One such lady was the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.
While you must have heard about her affair with Roman emperor Julius Caesar and the fate of the war followed by it, you might not know all about the mysterious queen.
Here are the 10 little facts about Cleopatra, you probably didn’t know.
1. Despite being the queen of Egypt, she was not a pure Egyptian and her family’s origin was in ancient Greece.
She was a descendant of Ptolemy I Soter, one of the generals of Alexander the Great. He had taken the reigns of Egypt after Alexander’s death and stayed there.
2. Cleopatra’s parents were brother-sister.
Ptolemaic dynasty used to marry in their own families to keep their bloodline pure. Going on the same path, Cleopatra also married both her brothers and different times in her life.
3. She was a beauty with brains.
She spoke about a dozen languages and was revered in Mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, and many other areas.
In fact, ancient writer Plutarch said that she wasn’t particularly strikingly beautiful but her quick-wittedness was something that used to charm men.
4. She was a particularly competitive and jealous woman though.
According to her power grabbing and murder plot family tradition, she didn’t herself kill her siblings but played a big role in their deaths.
In fact, her affair with Julius Caesar was also a political one and she actually took his help in getting an upper hand in a civil war against her brother-husband. She had also murdered her younger brother-husband and executed her sister too.
5. Cleopatra very well knew that the first impression was the last one.
She used to make sure with her grand entrances that her visitors knew they were in the presence of a person who didn’t treat herself any less than a goddess.
Its example was seen in her first meeting with Julius Caesar. Cleopatra had to meet the Roman emperor in secrecy without the knowledge of her brother-husband, Cleopatra had herself wrapped in a carpet and smuggled into Caesar’s personal quarters.
He was dazzled by the sight of the young queen in her royal garb wrapped in a carpet as it rolled open. She did a similar theatrical to meet her future husband Roman Triumvir Mark Antony.
6. She liked to live like a goddess, especially the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.
She had sat beneath a shade made of golden sheets while attendants dressed as cupids fanned her and burned sweet-smelling incense. She used to arrive in golden barge rowed by oars made of silver. Who wouldn’t be enchanted at that sight!
7. Cleopatra and her husband Mark Antony had their own drinking club.
They called it the Inimitable Livers, probably the first elite club in ancient Egypt. They also used to prank residents of the city in disguise. In the 41 century B.C., they sure gave us serious couple goals.
8. Cleopatra along with being charming, witty, and intelligent, also possessed the mind of a general.
The Roman rival, Octavian, envious of Antony had declared war on Cleopatra which was to conclude in a famous battle of Actium. It is said that Cleopatra personally guided her troops and led dozens of warships alongside Antony’s.
9. There is still an aura of mystery around the method of Cleopatra’s death.
After being driven to Alexandria by Octavian’s army, Cleopatra and Antony committed suicide. While according to the most famous version, Cleopatra enticed a viper into biting her but Plutarch writes, “what really took place is known to no one.”
10. Her trademark eye makeup has been a focus of almost all of her depictions, whether in movies, books, or paintings.
However, it was not a beauty enhancer but it was a medication to ward off eye infections. Most Egyptians even think it was a magic spell. Talk about wearing your medical conditions!
*This article was originally published at www.thefactresearch.com.