The Power and Charisma of Cleopatra

TLDR Cleopatra's charm, intelligence, and ability to speak multiple languages allowed her to overcome challenges and become the pharaoh of Egypt. Her alliance with Julius Caesar and establishment of a dynasty in Egypt ultimately led to Caesar's assassination and her return to Alexandria.

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00:00 Cleopatra's beauty was not particularly stunning, but her charm, presence, and persuasive discourse made her incredibly compelling and fascinating.
04:30 Cleopatra's power and charisma are evident in her ability to speak multiple languages and cast herself as the image of the goddess Isis, allowing her to draw on loyalty and successfully become pharaoh despite facing numerous challenges and conspiracies.
08:22 Cleopatra is blocked from entering Egypt by an army of mercenaries, while Julius Caesar defeats Pompey and decides to seek support and resources from Egypt to continue his campaign.
12:15 Julius Caesar arrives in Alexandria and is presented with the head of his enemy, Pompey, by the people of the city.
16:14 Julius Caesar takes advantage of the chaos in Alexandria and establishes himself in the palace quarter, summoning both Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra to decide who should rule Egypt and to collect money owed to him.
20:23 Cleopatra sneaks into Alexandria and is smuggled into Caesar's presence, emerging from a linen bag or bed roll, impressing Caesar with her theatricality and intelligence.
24:40 Julius Caesar and Cleopatra both have a mutual interest in establishing a dynasty in Egypt, with Caesar wanting to get rid of Ptolemy the 13th and put Cleopatra as a puppet ruler, while Cleopatra sees Caesar as the guy to back in order to get rid of her brother and secure her own power.
28:25 Julius Caesar and Cleopatra establish a dynasty in Egypt, with Caesar supporting Cleopatra's claim to be an authentically Egyptian pharaoh and fathering her son, Ptolemy Caesar, in order to secure power and dynastic links.
32:34 Caesar invites Cleopatra to Rome, where she stays with her husband/brother and their presence in Rome adds to the mounting tension and sense of Caesar's domineering power, ultimately leading to his assassination on the Ides of March and Cleopatra's return to Alexandria.
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