Cleopatra the VIIwhy is she soooooooooooooooo famous

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'd say she was famous and popular before Shakespeare, but Shakespeare definitely increased her popularity tenfold. There is also the attractiveness of her story. She is the ultimate leading lady, as far as leaders of countries go. She was attractive and strong-willed, what more is needed?
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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The first post is entirely correct. She was very intelligent and it was also written that she was very beautiful. She had relationships with very powerful men such as Caesar and Mark Antony.

In addition, she is also kept famous because of William Shakespeare. He wrote Antony and Cleopatra which is very famous. There have many other plays, books, and movies written about her which keeps her "alive".

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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At a very young age, Cleopatra VII was able to rule over a powerful nation and later alligned herself with Rome by having affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. Legend has it that she was also a great beauty. So, though her life was relatively short (she died in her 39th year), Cleopatra had it all during her rule as pharaoh of Egypt.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.), was a queen of ancient Egypt and a very fascinating women in history.  Though popular belief is that she was very beautiful, the reality is that she lacked beauty.However. she became popular of her intelligence, charm, wit, and ambition. Cleopatra's relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the greatest Roman leaders of her day, added to the interest of Europeans in her. This interest was substantially fuelled by the play Anthony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare.

Cleopatra's reputation in history is based primarily on the views of Octavian, who described Antony as the lovestruck victim of a wicked temptress.  The Roman poets Virgil and Horace also expressed similar views about her.  Cleopatra's story has been told many times in literature. In addition to play by Shakespeare mentioned above, she features in All for Love (1677) by John Dryden, and Caesar and Cleopatra (1898) by George Bernard Shaw.