Cleopatra: Goddess-Whore (The Double-Bind)

“The consort of two men (Julius Caesar & Marc Antony) of voracious sexual appetite and innumerable sexual conquests, Cleopatra would go down in history as the snare, the delusion, the seductress. Citing her sexual prowess was evidently less discomfiting than acknowledging her intellectual gifts. in the same way it is easier to ascribe her power to magic than to love.”

Cleopatra A life, by Stacy Schiff winner of the Pulitzer Prize (2010)

Cleopatra was a woman, who at the age of 18 became the last Pharaoh of Egypt. A woman who ruled inarguably one of the richest and largest lands in history for over 20 years. To her people she was the goddess Isis, immortal. She may also very well have been a manipulator, a seductress, an opportunist, and a murderess. We cannot know for certain, as history has left very little to record about Cleopatra’s actual life. In actuality we do not even know that she was attractive physically. What we can know, is that she struggled with many of the same issues that intelligent, confident, ambitious, and successful women struggle with today.

How to find a balance between:

Professional Aspirations, Love, and Family;

Love and Sex;

Confidence and Weakness;

Identity and Association;

Independence and Need;

Power and Compassion.

And one thing I know for certain: Cleopatra was a woman, which can be everything or nothing; dependent on context:

“Queens. Queens. Strip them naked as any other woman, they are no longer queens.

-Marc Antony to Cleopatra in the 1968 film, Cleopatra.

Her achievements led to her downfall, her passions cost her dearly…and yet she lived as herself, ever evolving to the desires of others, others whom she wished to please…for herself.  xxx c.

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