Cleopatra was one of the cleverest and sharpest rulers of Egypt. What’s more, when she lost her throne to her brother, instead of being under his kingship, she fought against him.
Cleopatra’s heritage can thus be traced to the Macedonian Greece, where the Ptolemaic dynasty emerged. Her name, Cleopatra, was famously translated to ‘honor of the father’ in ancient Greek.
At age 18, Cleopatra was married to her 10-year-old brother and co-ruler, Ptolemy XIII, who succeeded his father as Pharaoh.
Her hunger for power can be seen for the fact that to retain her role as a co-ruler, she married her younger brother who was the co-inheritor of the throne.