Antony and Caesar
Greatest Love Story of all Time
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portrayal of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, differs from the historical
record, of course. Yet the real Cleopatra was even more fascinating
than in the movies.
Born in Alexandria in 69 BC, she may not have been particularly beautiful.
Her portrait on coins of the time shows her with a hooked nose and manly
features, though her voice was said to be alluring, and she was obviously
of high intelligence and ability. She was not actually of Egyptian blood,
but of Macedonian, descended from one of Alexander the Greatšs generals
who had come to Egypt in the 300s BC and established himself as King
came to the throne as Cleopatra VII in 51 BC, at the age of 17 or 18.
Exiled three years later in a palace coup, she regained her throne with
Julius Caesaršs help. He called for her to appear before him, but knowing
that plotters would kill her on the way, she had herself rolled up in
an oriental carpet and carried into the palace secretly. Servants unrolled
the carpet before Caesar, and Cleopatra fell out at his feet.
The Roman general was captivated by the vivacious, independent-minded
young queen with the beautiful voice and fiery eyes. Caesar restored
Cleopatra to her throne and they embarked on a two-month-long cruise
up the Nile. Their son Caesarion was born shortly thereafter.
Cleopatra visited Rome in 46 BC, was received in triumph, and moved
into Caesar's villa even though Caesar was already married. Caesar's
imperial ambitions and his indiscreet extramarital affair with Cleopatra
turned powerful senators against him, and he was murdered on the steps
of the Senate in March of 44 BC.
fled to Egypt, but was called to Tarsus (on present-day Turkey's southern
coast) by Mark Antony, one of the new rulers of Rome, to account for
her actions. She arrived, dressed as Venus, goddess of Love, aboard
a sumptuous "barge" sailed by a crew of female servants dressed
as sea nymphs. The ship had a gilded stern, silver-tipped oars, and
purple sails. Antony was bewitched! He told her dirty jokes and she
told better ones right back. Whatever he wanted to do, she would do
with him, proving herself his equal. When she returned to Egypt, Antony
went with her to spend the winter in Egypt's pleasant climate rather
than rainy Rome.
long after Antony returned to Rome, Cleopatra gave birth to twins. In
Rome Antony married his co-emperor Octavian's sister and started a family,
but four years later he was back in Alexandria, unable to live without
Cleopatra. He married her in 36 BC, and never went back to Rome. Rome
had had enough! Octavian invaded Alexandria in 30 BC.
the verge of battle, Antony's fleet went over to the Roman side, and
soon also did his cavalry. Antony fled to Alexandria and, thinking Cleopatra
dead, stabbed himself. On learning she was still alive he had himself
carried to her, and died in her arms. Octavian captured the Egyptian
queen and set guards on her to make sure she did not commit suicide.
He wanted to parade her through Rome triumphantly in chains. But she
arranged for a servant to smuggle in an asp (a poisonous snake) in a
basket of figs. She ate the figs, and wrote Octavian a letter asking
that she be buried with Antony.
sensing what this meant, alerted her guards to an attempt at suicide,
but it was too late. Queen Cleopatra VII was dead at the age of 39.
She was buried with Antony, leaving behind her a love story the world
will never forget.
of Egypt - Cleopatra VII, the Last Pharaoh ... Octavian allowed Cleopatra
to arrange Antony's funeral. She buried him with royal splendor. After
the funeral she took to her bed, sick with grief : Condensed biography,
bibliography and links on the life of Cleopatra: part of larger site
about royal ... Read more about the great Women in the History of Ancient
Online -- The Search for Cleopatra's Palace ... Block by block, statue
by statue, the Royal Quarter of Alexandria, home of Cleopatra and her
last lover, Mark Antony, is emerging from its silt tomb at the ... www.discovery.com/indep/newsfeatures/cleopatra/cleopatra.html
Alexandria ....... Mediterranean Fantasy
.... and a Voyage
emperors, ancient travelers and traders have all approached Alexandria
from the sea . . . and so will you! Only Travel in Style makes it possible
to experience the very essence of this ancient city as it should be
experienced, as it was known by pharaohs, queens, and invaders from
Marc Antony to Napoleon.
set sail into the great harbor, still the destination and port of call
for ships from the far corners of the world. Landward, we'll espy the
great and throbbing maritime metropolis of Egypt. Our course will take
us directly above statues that lie on the seabed, and stone slabs of
the Lighthouse-one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-toppled
in an ancient earthquake. We'll approach the great stone fortress of
Qait Bey, reputedly constructed with some of those very stones.
we'll set a course along the coast to the East Harbor, dropping anchor
above the Royal City that was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves
in the fourth century A.D.
underwater treasure house includes the palace of Cleopatra, the Timonium
of Mark Antony, fallen columns and capitals, sphinxes, and statues and
ceramics, much of it remarkably well preserved. Certified divers among
our guests may book an optional excursion to explore this submarine
the way, we’ll view the spectacular Bibliotheca Alexandrina—the
Library of Alexandria—as few are privileged to see it. Taking
the stunning form of an inclined disk rising from the waters, it aptly
captures the rebirth from the sea—in Pharaonic fashion—of
the lost Alexandria Library of the ancient Greeks that held the works
of the greatest scientists and philosophers of the ancient world. Like
its namesake, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina serves as a storehouse
of knowledge and a beacon of culture and intellectual expression in
this part of the world. Our maritime view is just a preview of our visit
to the library itself.
we’ll set a course along the coast to the East Harbor, dropping
anchor above the Royal City that was submerged by earthquakes and tidal
waves in the fourth century A.D. This underwater treasure house includes
the palace of Cleopatra, the Timonium of Mark Antony, fallen columns
and capitals, sphinxes, and statues and ceramics, much of it remarkably
well preserved. Certified divers among our guests may book an optional
excursion to explore this submarine Pompeii.
we'll conclude an unforgettable voyage through history by setting a
course to Abu Qir, where the French fleet under Napoleon was destroyed
by Admiral Horatio Nelson.
The visit is a perfect counterpoint to a visit to the Qait Bey, where
moving relics of the ill-fated fleet are on display.
note that this opportunity is limited to up to seven guests at a time. Two
small cabins are available for changing and rest, as well as a bathroom,
galley, dining salon, and sundeck. Our vessel is fully staffed by a
crew of three, including captain. By prior arrangement, we can arrange
for a sunset sailing, with cocktails and light music on your vessel's
sound system, or a full day of sport fishing.
can also make arrangements for you to meet and share dinner as guests
of a local family.
is an extraordinary opportunity to go beyond the limits of the casual
visitor, to share your aspirations, outlook, customs, and experiences
with people who have a lot more in common with you than you might ever
expect. If you're interested, just let us know, and consider taking
along something from your home town to leave with your hosts as a gesture
recent discoveries join the New Library, opened just last year, among
the top attractions in Alexandria. And the New Museum will shortly open
in a historic palace that once housed the United States consulate.
was most wonderful trip; we have really rested and are sure this was
not the last time. We will be interested in visiting Alexandria in future.
TEAM IN EGYPT ARE VERY WELL ORGANIZED AND WE WILL RECCOMED THEM AND
YOU of course TO ALL OUR FRIENDS.
a million once again. we will be in touch in the future