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Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was one of the most famous women in history. Her name was Cleopatra VII Philopator and she ruled Ancient Egypt for 21 years. She was the last of the Pharaohs set up in Egypt by Alexander the Great. See the fact file below for more information and facts about Cleopatra or download the entire 33 page worksheet pack which can be utilised within the classroom or home environment.
- Although she was known simply as Cleopatra, her full name was Cleopatra VII Philopator and she was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 69 BC.
- Cleopatra was the last active Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and she reigned for 21 years, from 51 to 30 BC – the year she died.
- Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a Macedonian Greek family that came to Egypt when Alexander the Great invaded.
- Many Ptolemies refused to learn Egyptian and spoke in their native Greek language, but Cleopatra did learn Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of Egyptian goddess, Isis.
- Cleopatra originally ruled Ancient Egypt with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes. Later she ruled with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, who she married because of Egyptian custom. Eventually she became sole ruler of Egypt.
- Cleopatra had a relationship with the Roman ruler Julius Caesar and just nine months after they first met, in 47 BC, Cleopatra gave birth to their son, Ptolemy Caesar, nicknamed Caesarion, which means “little Caesar.”
- Cleopatra and Caesar ruled Ancient Egypt together from 44 BC to 30 BC. When Caesarion was named co-ruler by his mother on September 2, 44 BC, he was only three years old.
- After Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC, Cleopatra sided with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar’s legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (also known as Augustus).
- Cleopatra then had a relationship with Mark Antony and had three children with him. These children were the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus.
- After Mark Antony’s troops lost the Battle of Actium to Octavian’s forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit and, according to tradition, she killed herself by letting a poisonous snake, called an asp, bite her on August 12, 30 BC.
- Caesarion, Cleopatra’s son, ruled Ancient Egypt very briefly, but he was too young and was easily defeated and killed on the orders of Octavian, who would later become known as the Roman ruler Augustus. It is thought that Caesarion died on 23 August, 30 BC at the age of 17.
- After Caesarion was killed, Egypt became a province of Rome and was renamed Aegyptus.
- To this day, Cleopatra is a popular and well-known name in Western culture. She has appeared in many works of art and dramatizations of her story. For example, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra and the 1963 film, Cleopatra.
- Cleopatra was known for her beauty in the ancient world justas she is today. It is said that took baths in donkey milk to preserve the beauty and youth of her skin. The legend says that 700 donkeys were needed to provide the quantity of milk necessary for her daily bath.
This bundle includes 2 worksheet packs with over 32 pages of ready-to-use Cleopatra worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, who was one of the most famous women in history. Her name was Cleopatra VII Philopator and she ruled Ancient Egypt for 21 years.
Worksheet Pack 1:
- Cleopatra Facts
- Timeline of Cleopatra’s Life
- Cleopatra and Isis
- Beauty vs Brains
- Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
- Cleopatra Crossword
- Antony and Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb
- Cleopatra Makes Her Mark
- Cleopatra’s Legacy
- Cleopatra Word Search
- Cleopatra Acrostic
Worksheet Pack 2:
- Egyptian Beauty
- True or False
- Flags of Cleopatra’s Countries
- Leader Principles
- Coloring Her Time
- Her Timeline
- Reflection. Cleopatra’s Legacy
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