10 Strange Facts About Cleopatra Teachers Never Told You

Whether you’ve seen her portrayed on the big screen, you learned about her in school, or probably a combination of both, Cleopatra is definitely one of the most well-known names out there! She was the last Egyptian pharaoh and without a doubt one of the most influential women in the history of humankind. But because the story of the queen’s life has been told in so many books and movies, it can be hard to separate historical facts from fiction. But we’re about to bust some of the most popular myths about Cleopatra and open your eyes to several peculiar facts of her real biography.

Cleopatra married two of her younger brothers. 1:15
Julius Caesar erected a statue of her in the Temple of Venus Genetrix. 2:40
Mark Antony once skipped an invasion to spend time with Cleo. 4:10
She wasn’t exactly a beauty. 5:14
Cleopatra wasn't just a ruler, she was a mother too. 5:56
She loved spending money, but not only on herself. 6:31
Cleopatra might not have died from a snake bite. 6:55
She could speak Egyptian Arabic. 7:40
Cleopatra's famous makeup was a sort of protection. 8:45
Cleopatra owned a perfume factory. 9:37
Bonus: Cleopatra spent money on a cocktail that would be equivalent to over $16 million today 10:21

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-Cleopatra ended up marrying her little brother, Ptolemy XIII, who was just 10 at the time. After his death, which occurred several years later, she married her other brother, Ptolemy XIV.
-Caesar erected a statue of Cleopatra in the Venus Temple in Rome.
-Cleopatra showed up to her first meeting with Mark Antony dressed as the Greek goddess Aphrodite. To no surprise, Mark Antony was impressed, and that's how their partnership started.
-Her contemporaries saw her beauty not so much in her looks but in her wit, character, and irresistible charisma.
-While Cleopatra didn't have any children with her brothers, she did have kids from both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
-Cleopatra did spend around 50% of her share of the kingdom’s income on beauty and other luxuries. But she was also an extremely efficient ruler who cared about her people.
-Ancient historian Strabo wrote that Cleopatra always had a comb soaked in poison with her, so she possibly could’ve killed herself with it.
-People in Cleopatra's family spoke Greek and had Greek traditions. Cleopatra was the first in her family to accept the local culture, ancient customs, and Egyptian gods.
-Cleopatra’s makeup contained 4 lead-based substances and was used to fend off eye infections, which were common in Ancient Egypt.
-The ruins of Cleopatra’s perfume factory were found near Ein Gedi, which is situated on the Dead Sea. That place was also used as a beauty salon and spa.
-Cleopatra once had a bet with Mark Antony that she could spend 10 million sesterces, equivalent to $16.7 million today on just one dinner.

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