Picture: Cleopatra VII Painting of Alexandre Canabel

The romantic, tragic story of Cleopatra VII, preserved by the classical authors and retold by Shakespeare, has influenced popular perceptions of Egyptian queenship. In this painting by Alexandre Canabel (1823-89), although in depicts Cleopatra trying out her poison on her slaves, it is easy to understand how Caesar and Mark Anthony may have been tempted by the queen's charms. Contemporary illustrations of Cleopatra, however, indicate that she was not a great beauty.

Picture: Cleopatra VII Painting of Alexandre Canabel

The romantic, tragic story of Cleopatra VII, preserved by the classical authors and retold by Shakespeare, has influenced popular perceptions of Egyptian queenship. In this painting by Alexandre Canabel (1823-89), although in depicts Cleopatra trying out her poison on her slaves, it is easy to understand how Caesar and Mark Anthony may have been tempted by the queen's charms. Contemporary illustrations of Cleopatra, however, indicate that she was not a great beauty.

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