What does Cleopatra's legacy mean to the world in general and to Egyptians specifically? Find us
Answered by Dr. Kara Cooney, Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA
I suggest that people have replicated Cleopatra's story so many times because she failed. She is a cautionary tale of what people believe happens when women rule. Shakespeare wrote plays about her. Roman poets and writers discussed her glamor seeking ways, her ability to dissolve a priceless pear earring in vinegar to show that she could do it and that she had more wealth than anyone, and a propensity to find power through sexuality and child breeding. Hatshepsut was a massive success, ruling more than a thousand years before Cleopatra, but no one can even pronounce her name today. Cleopatra is remembered by all - but not for leaving Egypt better than she found it.
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