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Cleopatra Pictures, Ancient

Comment: If you are acquainted with Cleopatra through the Victorians, the images of her that have come down from Antiquity are something of a disappointment. First, they're not very numerous. Second, they seriously question the notion (addressed elsewhere on this site) that the original femme fatale was good looking. There are a couple things to say about this. First, ancient standards of beauty were different. Second, Cleopatra's ancient images were not designed to strike the eye, let alone titillate; some were designed to present the image she (or Marc Antony) wanted to present—eg., a touch leader—or, in the case of the Egyptian images, a Pharaoh just like the other Pharaohs (bow your head!).

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Cleopatra's handwriting (one word at bottom, "let it be so")
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