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Cleopatra's Portraiture
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Cleopatra's Portraiture

Coin portraits in particular show how Cleopatra wanted to be presented. Though varied in their facial features, her portraits emphasize her position of power as Ptolemaic queen. Sculptural portrait attributed to Cleopatra (Gregorian Profane...
Cleopatra's Nose, Blaise Pascal
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Cleopatra's Nose, Blaise Pascal

“The nose of Cleopatra: if it had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have changed” ~ Blaise Pascal, Pensées 162. On the basis of portrait coins struck by Cleopatra, philosophers such as Blaise Pascal (1623-1662 CE) assumed...
Cleopatra VII, Philopator
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Cleopatra VII, Philopator

A face re-creation based on, the Bust of Cleopatra VII (l. c. 69-30 BCE, r. 51-30 BCE), that is a granite bust currently on display in the Gallery of Ancient Egypt at the Royal Ontario Museum. It is believed to have been discovered in Alexandria...
Great Female Rulers of Ancient Egypt
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Great Female Rulers of Ancient Egypt

Women in ancient Egypt had more rights than in any other ancient culture and were valued with greater respect. This is evident not only in the physical evidence and inscriptions but in their religion. Some of the most powerful and important...
Cleopatra | Top 5 Facts
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Cleopatra | Top 5 Facts

Scandalous lover, shrewd negotiator and owner of a lovely nose…, here are five facts on the Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra VII For more historical facts and features, visit http://www.historyanswers.co.uk/ Or purchase the latest issue...
Cleopatra as Isis-Aphrodite
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Cleopatra as Isis-Aphrodite

This black basalt statue from Egypt portrays the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII as Isis-Aphrodite (c. 51-30 BCE). Most Ptolemaic queens associated themselves with the goddess but none more famously than Cleopatra. In her own lifetime, she...
Cleopatra and Caesar
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Cleopatra and Caesar

Cleopatra Before Caesar by Jean-Léon Gérôme, oil on canvas, 1866. Cleopatra confronts Gaius Julius Caesar after emerging from a roll of carpet. The Egyptian Queen had been driven from the palace in Alexandria by her brother/husband Ptolemy...
Cleopatra's Nose
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Cleopatra's Nose

In the comic Asterix and Cleopatra (1963), Caesar exclaims, “she is kind, but the spices that easily go up her nose... she is pretty, too, though!” The joke (translated in the English edition as “only her nose is so easily put out of joint”...
Mural of Cleopatra and Caesarion as Venus and Cupid
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Mural of Cleopatra and Caesarion as Venus and Cupid

This mid-1st Century BCE mural portrays a statue of Venus and the infant Cupid in the Temple of Venus Genitrix, Rome. The statue has been identified as the infamous gilded statue of Cleopatra VII as Venus that Julius Caesar unveiled during...
Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra
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Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra

This silver tetradrachm portrays the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII on one side, and the Roman triumvir Mark Antony on the other (1st century BCE). Cleopatra's profile has been made to resemble the features of her husband Mark Antony in the...
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