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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 2:27 p.m. PST

"She's appeared in dozens of Hollywood movies and at least a bazillion books, from biographies to historical novels to science fiction. (Yes, Cleopatra in Space is totally a thing.) Always beautiful, always exotic, always with a bunch of beads in her hair and black eyeliner that makes her look sort of like Captain Jack Sparrow, Cleopatra has attained a kind of immortality that few of her contemporaries ever did except maybe for Julius Caesar, who attained an especially weird sort of immortality now that he shares a name with an obstetric surgery.
More than 1,500 years before the reign of Elizabeth I of England, Cleopatra proved that women were capable of ruling nations, and that they could do it with intelligence, grace, and sometimes brutality. But much of what we know and don't know about the queen of the Nile comes from history that has been fictionalized, refictionalized, and fictionalized some more, so much that the made-up stuff is sometimes better-known than the facts, and the facts themselves are kind of surprising…."
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goragrad19 Jun 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

Most (nearly all) of those with a decent knowledge of history.

Not sure if I had seen the bit about Zenobia though.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

I didn't know one thing about Cleopatra anyway ???

Russ Dunaway

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 11:08 a.m. PST



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