The exciting true story of Egypt's most famous queen! Now in student - teacher edition for secondary school social studies classes and home schools!
Cleopatra Thea Philopator refused to do what she was told. In an age where patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent and free from Roman control -- at any price necessary. Demonized as a simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
Includes a detailed timeline, suggested reading list/bibliography, and a special Easter egg for science fiction fans.
At the centre of the celebrations stood Cleopatra, her face radiant as the best and brightest gathered around her to listen to her wisdom, her insights, and her poignant questions to each and every one of her guests. Debates flared. Tempers rose at times, but ever at the centre of it all stood Cleopatra’s roaring intellectual prowess. Though she was not the most physically beautiful woman in the room, none could deny she was the wisest.
As the day’s festivities flowed from morning to afternoon to evening, Lateef approached Cleopatra, “Your festival is a mighty success!”
“It will be a success if those attending regards ‘Cosmetics’ a work worthy of inclusion in the Library along with the greatest of books on medicine.”
“Surely you do not need their opinion to make it available to others to read!”
“No, of course not. But I would have their endorsement and their praise. Alexandria is the intellectual centre of the world. I would not have its reputation tarnished by writing books only courtiers could praise.”
“No one doubts your intelligence, your wit, or your skills as a writer, Your Majesty.”
“No one doubts it because I am pharaoh. If I were a lesser woman though would they feel the same?”
Lateef took her hands gently, “Yes, Your Majesty, I think they would. It is not your status as our pharaoh that makes your research and writing worthy. You are worthy in your own right for learning like yours shines brighter than even the great lighthouse. Stand confident, Your Majesty. You elevate the ranks of scholars, compelling us all to do our best work. We are better because you are in the world.”
Already translated. Translated by Mariana C. Dias
Already translated. Translated by René Eduardo Galindo Almendariz