You are now 18, standing on the precipice, trembling before your own greatness. who say you are too young and delicate to make anything happen for yourself. They don’t see the part of you that smolders. Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
is burn. This is your call to leap. There will always being those You are the first drop of a
don’t need to grow up to find greatness. ― Clementine Von Radics
What she means:
Cleopatra VII was an extremely intelligent woman and one of the greatest political minds of her time. She was the first Ptolemaic ruler to learn and speak in Egyptian because she knew how important it was to connect with the locals, but she also recognised Rome as an emerging power and formed alliances with them instead of making Rome her enemy. She probably saved her kingdom from absorption into Rome during her rule, and yet society has still turned her into yet another one of history's sex objects, who was good for nothing other than her pretty face, a myth that today's media continues to propogate. When will old white men int he film industry learn th
Here’s to all the women throughout history who have ruled empires, and raised families. For those who fought to survive, and were looked down upon. For the women whose names we know, and for those we don’t. We will remember.
omfg so like you know how ppl say that Mark Antony and Cleopatra didn’t really love each other they were just using each other for power plays etc ? well it’s like u find evidence of their love in little things. for example Antony used to massage Cleopatra’s feet publicly at banquets. and it’s probably like ok so what I gave my girl head behind a mcdonalds etc but the thing is in that time for a man to show affection for a woman, and a “subservient” kind of affection like a foot massage in public meant a lot. esp bc Antony was Roman and Roman statesman were usually dried up ugly old senators who didn’t even hold their wives’ hands in public and Antony was doing this shit in front of his soldiers etc and then gossip spread to Rome and Octavian/ Augustus was telling every1 Antony is pussywhipped and whatnot but Antony didn’t care. ANYWAYS love is a foot massage at a luxurious banquet from Antony to his beautiful beloved Cleopatra I love it
“What did Cleopatra look like? The modern idea that she was actually unattractive is not borne out by the ancient historians.
Dio Cassius says, ‘For she was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the prime of her youth, she was the most striking; she also possessed a most charming voice and a knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone. Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate everyone, even a love-sated man already past his prime, she thought that it would be in keeping with her role to meet Caesar, and she reposed in her beauty all her claims to the throne.’
Florus (A.D. 75-140) says that when she threw herself at Caesar’s feet, ‘he was moved by the beauty of the damsel which was enhanced by the fact that, being so fair, she seemed to have been wronged;’ he also says later that she appealed to Octavian ‘in vain, for her beauty was unable to prevail over his self control.’
According to Appian (A.D. 90-165), ‘Antony was amazed at her wit as well as her good looks,’ and that ‘it is said…. that he had fallen in love with her at first sight long ago when she was still a girl and he was serving as master of the horse under Gabinius at Alexandria.’
Plutarch’s familiar comment that ’her actual beauty, it is said, was not in itself remarkable that none could be compared with her,’ does not imply (as some would have it) that she was plain. All these observations seem to affirm that she was quite attractive, if not a conventional beauty. No known statues of Cleopatra survive, though some are identified as such based on the resemblance to her portrait on coins. These coins are of two types, puzzlingly unalike in looks: an attractive one in the Hellenistic style, and an idol-like one on coins she shares with Antony. The carving of her on the Temple of Hathor at Dendera is not an individualized portrait but a generalized representation of a queen.
What was her coloring likely to have been? The Ptolemies were Macedonian Greeks and these people exhibit a range of hair and eye shades from light (blonde, blue eyed) to dark (black hair, brown eyes). Skin tone too can vary, from quite light to the Mediterranean ‘olive-skinned.’ Her grandmother (her one non-Ptolemaic ancestor) was half-Syrian, half Greek. There is no evidence for Egyptian ancestry, however she did find a spiritual affinity with her Egyptian subjects, speaking their language and honoring their ancient religion.”
‘Written by Levine, Cleopatra is described as a revisionist take on one of history’s most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.’
I can’t stop thinking abt how when Antony died, Cleopatra started screaming and crying and tearing at her chest and rubbing Antony’s blood all over herself and she tore off her top in her grief so when Octavian’s Roman guards found her she was a topless blood covered mess and refused to leave Antony’s body alone… like it’s so sad and ppl still try to say their relationship was pure politics like bro that was the father of her 3 children and she rended her flesh for him stfu also fuck Octavian