Listen&Learn: CleopatraPosted by: Jaksyn Peacock
- reign: to lead a country as a monarch
- seductress: a woman who tempts men with her beauty
- fabrication: a lie, a myth
- delegitimize: to make someone seem incompetent or unimportant
- ruthless: cruel, merciless
- persona: a personality that someone is known for, but is not necessarily real
- iconic: famous and recognizable
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- Cleopatra’s body was
c. never found
- Some historians have suggested
a. that Cleopatra never really existed
b. that Cleopatra’s beauty was a myth
c. that Cleopatra was actually multiple people
- Aside from her beauty, Cleopatra was known for her
c. physical strength
- Do you know of any other people who have been mischaracterized by history?
- Why is history difficult to agree on?
Cleopatra VII, or simply Cleopatra, was the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt. She reigned from 51–30 BCE. There are conflicting stories about Cleopatra’s life. Her body was never found, and most surviving accounts of her are secondhand. Although she is often depicted as a beautiful seductress, some historians have claimed that this was a Roman fabrication meant to delegitimize her as a leader. Records suggest that Cleopatra was known for her intelligence rather than her beauty. She spoke several languages, and was ruthless in protecting her throne. Still, she is remembered for her romantic involvement with Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The “seductress” persona has made her an iconic figure in popular culture, and it is now difficult to separate history from myth.
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1c 2b 3a
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karam aburomman says:
thank you teacher that was easy have a good day
thanks for sharing that magnificent stories, it is good for improving my English, thanks a lot
I am surprised how writers describe about those characters, Cleopatra such being her beauty She reigned Egypt with intelligence and sometimes being cruel. Is the kind of woman which always will be remembered.
Mohammed Alnidawi says:
I am really interested in reading such historical subjects which talk about the great masterpieces of mythic traditions that belong to the past eras. Thank you Mr.Jaksyn peacock for your great efforts in writing this historical story. I look forward to hearing from you about something like this in upcoming future. Thank you once again and goodbye.
Soreba Janko dibasey says:
It very interesting to me
Egipty is a country utterly mysterious and beautiful. How I would like to know it. Sincerely thanks Sir. Josef and Mss. Jaksyn.
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The king of love from IRAN says:
Thank you for sharing it with us.
But it’s better to share us the story of people who tried for creating peace & love among people of the world like Mandela, Gandhi & Luther king & so on.
I like to listen to the stories of those famous people. However, how about stories from those who lived or lives in the centuries close to us ?!?!?