Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt and the last pharaoh. She was 17 or 18 when she became queen. Cleopatra was a shrewd politician who spoke nine languages. During her reign, Egypt became closely aligned with the Roman Empire.
Portrait bust of Cleopatra VII on display in the British Museum by Ahala, via Flickr Contrary to pop culture, Cleopatra was not a beautiful women. The idea of her as a knockout is because of her ability to persuade Caesar and Antony. She had a very large nose and it was stated that she had crooked eyes.
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