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'The Last Queen of Egypt' Cleopatra Cleopatra was born during a time dominated by guys, but she overcame her stereotype by being one of Egypt's most successful leaders. The most notable thing about Cleopatra wasn't that she had been just a powerful ruler, but instead that she had been the strongest woman of her time. Cleopatra's Father, Ptolemy XII was the seventh Pharaoh in a lineup of unmemorable Ptolemaic rulers. Due to her father, she was subjected to royalty at an early age. This influenced her decisions, as she always place Egypt before herself. Eventually, Ptolemy XII had to flee to Rome, since the people of Egypt loathed him. The throne was abandoned to Cleopatra's sister Berenice. Berenice did her best to keep Ptolemy XII out of Egypt, and away from the throne. But Berenice was beheaded by Ptolemy XII's military. Ptolemy was the throne for five more years, before he died and the throne was abandoned for joint ruler by Cleopatra VII and Ptolemy XIII. This was precisely what Cleopatra needed to achieve her dream of conquering the entire world. Cleopatra was only 18 when she began her reign, her brother was just 12. They were soon married, as it turned out to be a Ptolemaic tradition. Cleopatra was at an ideal position - her brother was not old enough to make some conclusions and she did not have sufficient power for the people to want to overthrow her. Cleopatra and Ptolemy grew to hate each other. They struggled over the throne for three decades, this ended when Ptolemy and his guardians amassed supporters and kicked Cleopatra from Egypt and into Syria. While she was in Syria, she gathered her supporters and formed the army to prepare for war. During this time, Caesar had started his long voyage to Egypt. Caesar and Pompey fought for the energy of Rome, which.