“The Dishonor of Egypt, the Unchaste Downfall of Rome”: Cleopatra defined by the Roman Pen

“The Dishonor of Egypt, the Unchaste Downfall of Rome”: Cleopatra defined by the Roman Pen

In modern culture, there is an established depiction of Cleopatra as a woman who used her body to dupe two powerful, intelligent men into doing her bidding. In these depictions, she is shown as a beautiful temptress with large, black-lined eyes, a curvy body, and a sensual air. She is referred to as a great…