One of the most talked about, researched about and most mythical characters in history is Cleopatra. She is one of the Cleopatras in the whole Ptolemaic dynasty where Cleopatra and Ptolemy used to be almost every royal kid’s name depending on their gender. The Cleopatra we are talking about here is the 7th one – hopefully. While all the Ptolemies spoke Greek and possibly only Greek - Cleopatra, in contrast, was very fluent in Egyptian and that was one of the instruments to be considered as an Egyptian goddess. As history fascinates me, I studied Cleopatra in great detail; also her lineage with Alexander, who is an icon to me, inspired me to dig deep.
The story of Cleopatra and Julius Caeser is something kept me wondering for long. What was it in Cleopatra that Julius left everything behind for? He won Egypt anyway and did not need help from Cleopatra for that; rather Cleopatra was under his refuge. With his personality, power, influence and caliber – he could get any roman woman he wanted. Without Cleopatra, he could become somebody like Alexander what he always wanted to, rather he chose to be closer to Cleopatra and protect her in Egypt and then later in Rome for a brief period. Historians, analysts, and most authors say it’s more political than anything else. My poor brain analyzes it in different way and I may be very wrong but this is what I think. Cleopatra was an intelligent, smart, and intellectual woman and a rare one at that point of time who could hold a worthy intellectual conversation with Julius Caesar at a length. It is said that it was Cleopatra who proposed to introduce leap days and leap years – I can only imagine what level of intellectual capacity would be required for doing that. Most importantly Julius Caesar found a pair of sparkling eyes that he could look at forever. Is not it what we all long for? What is love if there is no such thing like looking at somebody’s eyes and pass seemingly forever time? Though apparently very disconnected – one line from Michael Jackson comes in my mind – ‘But first I need your hand -Then forever can begin’. Can we search for those eyes that we want to look at forever? I don’t think so - Google fails here – it appears suddenly one day and may disappear quickly too. Julius Caesar got them and kept them forever till he died bending all possible rules and laws of the land.