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Cleopatra VIIPtolemy the XII had always felt that Rome's well organized army was much too powerful for Egypt's forces. Ptolemy had wisely thought to avoid fighting with Rome's powerful army and presented Pompey and Caesar with riches as well as the Roman promise of the Egyptian throne. Ptolemy had to borrow the money from Roman businessmen to pay Caesar and Pompey. When Ptolemy died he left the debt and the throne in the hands of his son and daughter, Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra VII.Cleopatra and Ptolemy were placed into marriage to secure the family name to the throne of Egypt. Cleopatra's marriage to her brother was politically driven, enraging the advisors to Cleopatra's younger brother; thus fueling the dispute between the influenced brother and a young royal female heir to a throne. Cleopatra's younger brother drove her out of the capital of Alexandria with the help of Ptolemy's advisors.Cleopatra fled Alexandria, to Syria, where she formed a mercenary army to take back to Alexandria in hopes to overthrow her brother's position. In the meantime, Julius Caesar was arriving in Egypt to arbitrate the dispute between Cleopatra and Ptolemy at an arranged assembly. With Cleopatra being barred from the assembly, she derived a scheme that involved her advisor. The advisor was to take Cleopatra wrapped in a laundry roll, into the presence of Caesar. Cleopatra was going to sway Caesar's decision with youth and vivacious wit to regain control of Egypt. She did it.Caesar's infatuation led him afloat a royal barge built for a queen, down the Nile on an excursion of luxury and privacy. Cleopatra would have been roughly twenty years old around the time she met Caesar. Cleopatra was young, exuberant and determined to keep herself as royalty, the way she liked it.Cleopatra was a woman of power and royalty, she even considered herself divine. Cleopatra spoke nine languages and she was a philosopher, a poet, a politician, a goddess, as well as a warrior. Needless to say, Cleopatra was a well educated and courageous woman who was not innocent to the military field, even at her tender age. Cleopatra was a feminist soldier before her time, forming armies and easily persuading mighty Roman leaders, to politically sustain her reign as queen and pass on to future generations.Eventually Caesar left Egypt to go back home. Caesar also left behind Cleopatra, as ruler of Egypt and pregnant. Cleopatra gave birth to Caesar's son, Caesarian. The child of Caesar and Cleopatra could have been the wealthiest Roman heir to eventually take rule. Cleopatra had planted her royal name into the seat of Roman lead, which stirred Romans' ideas and curiosity.Roman political leaders felt that Cleopatra and Caesar's situation was motivation to position Caesar as king of Rome, perhaps it was. Cleopatra would have been the mother to the heir of the Roman throne. After Cleopatra had Caesarian, she and the child moved into an estate in Rome, owned by Caesar. Never did Caesar deny the child...

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