History vs. Myth

Why is Cleopatra famous?

I get asked this question quite a bit and there isn’t an easy answer. There have been countless prominent people throughout history. So why is Cleopatra famous even 2,000+ years after her death while other people of greater or equal political prominence remain obscure? In many ways, Cleopatra was the world’s first celebrity. Thousands of years before her, the Egyptian ...

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

The challenge in answering a question about beauty is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Criticizing Cleopatra’s appearance has become very popular in recent years, so I shouldn’t be surprised that this question gets asked a lot. But the debate is especially challenging because, more often than not, people judge images of Cleopatra that may not portray her actual ...

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