She is known in pop culture as simply Cleopatra, although there were six Egyptian queens before her with the same name. Cleopatra VII (69 – 30 BCE) was the last pharaoh in the Ptolemy dynasty, and although ruthless at times, her intelligence and charm captured history’s imagination.

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Biography: Cleopatra VII4 stars

"The stories and myths surrounding Cleopatra's tragic life inspired a number of books, movies, and plays, including Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare. Cleopatra has become one of the most well-known ancient Egyptians." This three-page biography includes links to related bios, such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. You can also explore bios in Related Groups, which include Famous Queens, and Loved to Death (those killed in a crime of passion over lost love.)

British Museum: Cleopatra of Egypt5 stars

Take a virtual tour of highlights from the 2001 British Museum's Cleopatra of Egypt exhibit. Each of the fourteen objects is annotated, and a click on the thumbnail (or the magnifying glass) brings up a beautiful, enlarged view of the art piece. "The exhibition traced Cleopatra's life as queen of Egypt and her liaisons with the two great Roman leaders of the day, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony."

Field Musuem: Cleopatra of Egypt5 stars

"Cleopatra was descended from a line of rulers that began with Ptolemy I, a general who served under Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE." Although the Cleopatra of Egypt exhibit has long left Chicago, you can still explore parts of it online. Best clicks include the quick facts page, the "Who Was Cleopatra?" quiz, and the Flash simulation game. In the game, you will help archaeologists search Alexandria for shards from an early portrait of Cleopatra, then reassemble the pieces.

King Tut One: Cleopatra VII5 stars

King Tut One presents Cleopatra's biography in five parts, with a special emphasis on her childhood years. Cleopatra's father, Ptolemy XII, was an unpopular ruler because of the greed and corruption that marked his reign. But he lavished his six children with luxury and the finest education his money could buy. "Because of this attention to education, Cleopatra studied philosophy, literature, art, music, medicine, and was able to speak six different languages. These languages were Aramaic, Egyptian, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin."

Smithsonian Magazine: Who Was Cleopatra?4 stars

"Like most monarchs of her time, Cleopatra saw herself as divine; from birth she and other members of her family were declared to be gods and goddesses. Highly image-conscious, Cleopatra maintained her mystique through shows of splendor, identifying herself with the deities Isis and Aphrodite, and in effect creating much of the mythology that surrounds her to this day. " This magazine article includes a small photo gallery and a link to another article about restoring the infamous Egyptian queen's reputation, titled "Rehabilitating Cleopatra."

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

BBC History: Cleopatra

Encyclopedia of World Biography: Cleopatra VII Cleopatra

Social Studies for Kids: Cleopatra

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