Cleopatra becomes the queen of Egypt when she is seventeen, thanks to the intervention of Gaius Julius Caesar, who she meets by disguising herself inside a rug. Caesar becomes her lover and tarries long in Egypt with her, visiting monuments and the pyramids in Memphis. During this time, she realizes he has epileptic seizures, and is also impregnated by him. He marries her in Egypt and returns to Rome.
Both Rome and Egypt have many problems, and the two rulers are both respectively busy with tasks of managing their empires. Cleopatra gives birth to a son, and names him Ptolemy Caesar, which causes much controversy for her, since Rome regards her as Caesar's whore. Caesar nonetheless claims the child for his own. Unfortunately he is assassinated by the Roman Senate and never gets to see his son grow up.
After Caesar's death, Cleopatra falls in love with Marcus Antonius, and describes in detail the differences between the two men; their bodies, their habits, their strengths and weaknesses. Together they try to exist in a world that does not want to see them together.
This report prepared by Jennifer Hobbs
This book styles itself as Cleopara's personal diary with stunning historical detail based on an extensive and well researched bibliography. Historical characters such as Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius come to life.
This report prepared by Matthew G. Michaels