Being told that i had no general knowledge (though i could recognise the word Cleopatra but not the history) had spurred me to Yahoo it. So, here are the basic things that i have learnt about who Cleopatra really is.
Cleopatra is a queen of Egypt. And a famous one at that. She was born in 69 B.C. in Alexandria, during the reign of the Ptolemy family to Ptolemy XII. And Cleopatra came to reign in 51B.C. while she was of 17 years of age.
(4) Years after that, she had met, or seduced as some sources went, Julius Caesar and became his mistress. Caesarion was born soon after. It has been said that Cleopatra had loved Caesar. However, on March 15 44 BC, a crowd of conspirators surrounded Caesar at a Senate meeting and stabbed him to death.
Antony committed suicide by falling on his own sword in 30 BC when his troops were defeated.
Cleopatra, afraid of being humiliated, decided to take her life. She had an asp, which was a poisonous Egyptian cobra, brought to her hidden in a basket of figs. When the guards entered to see Cleopatra, they found the 39-year old queen dead on her golden bed. Yet, other source states that it was hidden in a vase, and that she poked it with a spindle until it got angry enough to bite her on the arm.
However, some people have felt that though Cleopatra was very intelligent and a shrewd politician with an extraordinary charisma, she was not beautiful and had a much masculine features.
Which would you believe?
This is the watered down version (and not that accurate) but you get the gist of it.
So now you know the history of Cleopatra. I feel that if a book was dedicated to the whole life of her, it would be as thick as the length of my palm!