How old was Cleopatra when she died?

Cleopatra is one of the most famous figures in ancient history, but do you know how old she was when she died? In this article, we will explore the events that shaped her life and reign, and reveal the ages she was when these events happened. We will learn how she ascended the throne, met Caesar, married her husbands, and played a role in Roman politics. We will also discover how her rule ended with her legendary suicide, and how old she was then.


How old was Cleopatra when she died

Cleopatra was the last queen of Egypt and a famous lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. She died on either 10 or 12 August, 30 BC, in Alexandria, when she was 39 years old. She committed suicide by poisoning herself, possibly with an asp (Egyptian cobra) bite, although the exact method is unclear⁵. She killed herself to avoid being captured by Octavian, who defeated her and Antony in the Battle of Actium and invaded Egypt.


How old was Cleopatra when she became queen?

Cleopatra became queen of Egypt when her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, died in March 51 BC. She was 18 years old at the time and shared the throne with her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII, who was about 10 years old. She was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty that had been established by Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy I Soter. She was also the first Ptolemaic ruler to learn the Egyptian language and associate herself with the goddess Isis. She faced many challenges and conflicts during her reign, both from internal rivals and external enemies such as Rome.


How old was Cleopatra when she met Caesar?

Cleopatra met Caesar in 48 BC, when she was 21 years old and he was 52 years old. She had fled to Syria after being ousted by her brother Ptolemy XIII, who was also her co-ruler and husband. She wanted to gain Caesar's support to regain her throne, so she secretly entered Alexandria and presented herself to him in a daring and dramatic way. According to Plutarch, she had herself wrapped in a carpet or a linen sack and delivered to Caesar's quarters by one of her loyal servants. Caesar was impressed by her courage and charm, and agreed to help her against her brother. He also became her lover and fathered her son, Caesarion. 


How old was Cleopatra when she got married

Cleopatra got married for the first time when she was 18 years old in 51 BC. She married her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII, who was about 10 years old, as part of the Ptolemaic tradition of sibling marriage. They ruled Egypt together until they had a conflict that led to a civil war. Cleopatra then allied with Julius Caesar, who defeated Ptolemy XIII in 47 BC. Cleopatra married her other younger brother, Ptolemy XIV, who was about 13 years old, to secure her position as queen. She also had a son with Caesar, named Caesarion. After Caesar's assassination in 44 BC, Cleopatra poisoned Ptolemy XIV and made Caesarion her co-ruler. She then married Mark Antony, a Roman general and politician, in 32 BC, when she was 37 years old and he was 42 years old. They had three children together: Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene II, and Ptolemy Philadelphus.

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