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The Timeless Beauty

“For she was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time,
when she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking;
she also possessed a most charming voice and a knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to every one.
Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate every one, even a love-sated man already past his prime,
she thought that it would be in keeping with her rôle to meet Caesar, and she reposed in her beauty all her claims to the throne.
She asked therefore for admission to his presence, and on obtaining permission adorned and beautified herself so as to appear before him in the most majestic and at the same time pity-inspiring guise.
When she had perfected her schemes she entered the city (for she had been living outside of it), and by night without Ptolemy’s knowledge went into the palace.”

                                                                                                                                              Dio, Roman History (XLII.34.4-6)
cleopatra
I heard that name first when I was a kid..
My mom use to tell me the story about the beauty of legends..
The one with the popular bathe rituals..
The one who took bath with the salt from dead sea and the milk of a young donkey & honey..
The one who sleep with a golden mask on her face..
The one who made me to go crazy on ‘lapis lazuli’.
Yup..
I am talking about the Timeless Beauty..
Beauty of the Nile..

CLEOPATRA
The Queen Cleopatra
“This extraordinary woman with whom both Caesar and Marc Antony fell in love must have been both beautiful and mesmerizing.”

She was so charming that to this day, 2,050 years later, we still are interested in her beauty tips. Cleopatra was seductive and feminine on every level. She was a major icon of the time and practically had men wrapped around her finger.
Cleopatra was very exceptional woman and she loved herself, but she also knew how to use beauty secrets of her time.
She was well educated and could speak different languages and served as the dominant ruler in all three of her co- regencies.

Cleopatra was a writer; she wrote a medical treatise called, Cosmetics.

She ruled ancient Egypt as a co – regent (1st with her two younger brothers and then with her son) for almost 2 decades. She became last in the dynasty for Macedonian rulers founded by Ptolemy, who served as general under Alexander the great during his conquest of Egypt in 332 BC.
the famous milk bath

I don’t know from when I started admiring her..
Maybe from those days my mom use to tell me stories..
Story about the most beautiful woman on the earth..
The one who ground lapis lazuli into powder to create her famous dark blue eye shadow..
She was the woman of surpassing beauty and who was brilliant to look upon..

It is also important to keep in mind that ancient ideals of beauty were quite different to those of the modern Western world. For example, ancient Greek depictions of the beautiful love goddess Aphrodite invariably show a full-bodied woman with a prominent nose; a woman who modern society would probably advise to lose weight and get a nose job! Asking whether Cleopatra was beautiful is perhaps then a fruitless question, if beauty is truly in the eyes of the culture in which it is beheld.
It seems likely that Cleopatra’s physical appearance was not more or less attractive than the next woman, yet through her wit, charm and daring she captivated not only two of the most powerful men of the ancient world, but the collective imagination of the entire world for all centuries that followed.
Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean Leon Gerome

The death of Cleopatra is so mysterious. It is said that, 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.

A lot more is there about her.. A lot more..
Cleopatra VII, The Last Pharaoh of Egypt.
You should try to read a book about her.. Actually there are a lot of them.. Grab any of them and try to read..
Even you will fall in love with her..

 

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Hi! I'm Anjali. I am just a simple girl little more than ordinary…. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. I am ambitious and I follow my heart..

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