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Cleopatra VII, Pharaoh – Summary

Cleopatra VII, Pharaoh – Summary

May 5, 2014

Cleopatra (at age 18) began to assert herself as sole ruler of Egypt at the expense of her co-ruling brother Ptolemy XIII (10), but within three years her enemies placed Ptolemy on the throne as the sole ruler. Thinking he would please Caesar, Ptolemy instead angered him by murdering the great Roman military and political leader Pompey. Cleopatra saw an...

Hatshepsut, Pharaoh – Summary

Hatshepsut, Pharaoh – Summary

May 5, 2014

Hatshepsut, fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, was one of the most prolific builders of ancient Egypt. She constructing more grand and more numerous buildings than her Middle Kingdom predecessors. Her mortuary temple was her masterpiece. Located near the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, and the first to be built in the area, the grandeur of...

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Aug 23, 2012

Of all love stories that are known to human history, the love story of Antony and Cleopatra has been for nineteen centuries the most remarkable. It has tasked the resources of the plastic and the graphic arts. It has been made the theme of poets and of prose narrators. It has appeared and reappeared in a thousand forms, and it appeals as much to the imagination...

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great)

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great)

May 31, 2012

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great), is regarded as the most powerful pharaoh in Egyptian History. He was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. Ramesses II reigned for 67 years (1279-1213 BC) and used a massive building program, diplomacy, and propaganda to become the greatest ruler of Egypt’s Golden Age. If it is true that he ascended to the throne of...

Pharoah Pepi II – Flies and Honey

Pharoah Pepi II – Flies and Honey

May 18, 2012

While the expression ‘you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’ may not go all the way back to Ancient Egypt, the Pharoah Pepi II certainly understood the concept. Reign of Pepi II Pepi II began his reign at the age of six during the sixth dynasty of egypt’s Old Kingdom. His throne name was Neferkare which means “Beautiful...