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The last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

  • Cleopatra VII Philopator, popular as Cleopatra, is the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
  • She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great's death.
  • She has can speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.
  • She jointly with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, whom she married as per Egyptian custom.
  • Later, she later elevated her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to co-ruler in name.
  • After Caesar's assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar's legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus.
  • With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus.
  • Cleopatra committed suicide according to tradition killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12, 30 BC.

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