Valentine’s Day True Story
True Love and Tragedy
Antony and Cleopatra
By Gilbert Dadia
The true love story of a beautiful Egyptian Pharaoh and a Dashing Roman General. Cleopatra VII was brilliant, beautiful and religious ruler who was fluent in nine languages and an accomplished politician popular with her people. Roman General Marc Antony was one of the great, accomplished and ambitious Roman generals during that time who went to Egypt when Julius Caesar died. Antony fell madly in love with the beauteous Cleopatra; this situation shocked the Roman society and worried the Roman politicians.
Antony and Cleopatra married in 36 B.C. and planned to conquer Rome, but in 31 B.C. Roman General Octavian’s forces under Agrippa defeated and destroyed the combined land and sea forces of Antony and Cleopatra in the famous naval battle of Actium.
Antony having heard a wrong report that Cleopatra had been killed in battle fell on his sword and committed suicide. Cleopatra on her part, upon seeing Antony laying dead induced a poisonous snake to bite her. Theirs was a tragic love story that made a difference in world history! Antony and Cleopatra became synonymous to unconditional and undying love. Their untimely deaths made mighty Egypt a mere province of Rome!
With the tragic loss of Antony and Cleopatra, four thousand years of Pharaonic rule stopped. Roman General Octavian later known as Augustus Caesar became the first Roman Emperor.