Egyptian Monarch. The last royal monarch of Egypt, she was born in 69BC. The throne was left to her and her brother Ptolemy XIII in 51BC upon the death of their father, Ptolemy Auletes. Although born Greek, she spoke the Egyptian language and honored the Egyptian traditions. After disposing of her brother, she began an affair with Julius Caesar, which resulted in the birth of their son Caesarion. After Caesar's death in Rome, she fled home to Egypt and eventually to the arms of Marc Antony, who was fascinated with her, and her plans for him to rule Rome. Octavian, Caesar's nephew had other plans however. A great navel battle at Actium saw the lovers defeated and split apart, both committed suicide, although not together, on August 12, 30BC rather than fall into the hands, and plans of their conqueror. There bodies have not been found, although the remains of her palace have been located in the harbor of Alexandria and are being excavated.
Bio by: Maria Biddle