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This is part of a series (study guide) on the legendary Egyptian queen Cleopatra. On this page you'll find basic facts -- like her birthday and names of members of her family.

The Cleopatra Study Guide:

  • Birth

    Cleopatra was born in 69 B.C. in Alexandria, Egypt. She died August 12, 30 B.C.
  • Family of Origin

    She was a daughter of Pharaoh Ptolemy XII Auletes. Her mother is subject to dispute. She may have been the daughter of Cleopatra V Tryphaina, although Strabo 17.1.11 says only one of the daughters of Ptolemy was legitimate, and that not Cleopatra.

    Cleopatra married her younger brother Ptolemy XIII and after his death, married her younger brother Ptolemy XIV. Later she married the Roman Mark Antony.

  • Children

    Cleopatra had one son by Caesar, named Caesarion. She had twins with Mark Antony, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, and later, a son, Ptolemy Philadelphos.
  • Name/Title

    She was actually Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of Egypt (although you could argue that role was her son's) because Rome took control of Egypt following her death.
  • Death

    After Mark Antony committed suicide, so did Cleopatra. The story is that she took an asp to her breast and let the poisonous snake bite her.
  • Ancestors

    Although her family had adopted Egyptian customs, like having pharaohs marry their siblings, Cleopatra and her family were really Macedonians who had gone to Egypt with Alexander the Great.

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