Archaeologists searching for the tomb of Cleopatra - Egypt's last pharaoh - believe they may have found the site where she was buried. Kathleen Martinez, an academic from the Dominican Republic, is leading a dig at Taposiris Magna, a temple located near the ancient Egyptian capital of Alexandria. She believes Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Anthony may have been buried at the site years ago because of her desire to imitate an ancient prophecy. Now, a new TV show entitled Cleopatra: Sex, Lies and Secrets will examine that possibility along with what has been unearthed at the site so far. During her life, which ran from 69BC to 30BC, Cleopatra was known both as a seductress and as a captivating personality.
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History remembers two kinds of women. Good wives and mothers who do what society expects of them and they live good, virtuous lives. When women try to live a life or pursue opportunities outside what society expects of them, they are given horrible labels: bad girls, loose, immoral, etc. They used sex as a weapon or a tool to get what they wanted, using their roles as mistresses, wives, and courtesans to secure political power or social rank, give themselves a more comfortable life, or use their power to help others. If there ever was a woman who used sex to achieve political power, it was Cleopatra. She was the original—the first historical woman that comes to mind when we think of the idea. That is perhaps putting too simple of a twist on what she did, but she became the mistress of two of the most powerful men in ancient Rome: Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, using her relationships and her children with both men to preserve her hold on power.
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To nominate someone else as a Quality Contributor, message the mods. Cleopatra is pretty in famous for her sexual exploits at this point. Is this based in ancient accounts or is it a modern invention? Tales float around the internet about, for example, bee-based vibrators and about her sleeping with a hundred men in a night. How many of these actually go back to ancient accounts, and how many are modern inventions?
Cleopatra B. Coin portraits and a bust reportedly made in her lifetime show her with a prominent nose and a large forehead. There were reports she had rotten teeth. She lost her kingdom once; regained it; nearly lost it again; amassed an empire; lost it all. A goddess as a child, a queen at 18, at the height of her power she controlled virtually the entire eastern Mediterranean coast, the last great kingdom of any Egyptian ruler.