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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Κλεοπάτρα Φιλοπάτωρ....


is someone I've always greatly admired. 

I won't lay out her entire biography here, but do want to mention that she was part of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, ruling with her father and then her brothers, whom she married. 

She was the lover of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian (Augustus).  Remember Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?
After Caesar's assassination she aligned herself against his brother with Mark Antony, who was the legal heir to Caesar's throne.  She also became his lover and mother to his three children.  Both she and Mark Antony committed suicide...Tradition tells us that she did herself in by way of an asp bite.  O.M.G(ess), in this case. 

According to Wikipedia, "Her patron goddess was Isis, and thus, during her reign, it was believed that she was the re-incarnation and embodiment of the goddess of wisdom."  She is reputed to have been brilliant, intelligent, beautiful, a force with which to be reckoned, and I just really admire the heckoutta that.

Brains and beauty--now there's a much-desired combination.  Oh, and let's not forget to add "a sense of humor" to her list of highly female attributes.  The story goes that she had a surprise meeting with Julius Caesar.  A beautiful rug was delivered to him, and when it was unrolled, there she was...   Can you imagine?!  Obviously, he must have been very pleased to make her acquaintance~ the embodiment of the Goddess Isis....

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