27 Mar: Cleopatra ❤️ Caesar

Julius Caesar intervened to put his lover and ally Cleopatra on the Egyptian throne on 27th March, 47 BC – cementing their position as the world’s premier Power Couple.

But Cleo’s ascent to power was not just a power play. Rather, it was a desperate bid for survival – as she had been ousted from the throne by her brother’s advisors, and feared assassination. 

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider whether Cleopatra really did woo Caesar by emerging from a ‘carpet’; explain why Ptolemy’s attempt to win Caesar’s favour was desperately misguided; and probe into the family issues that perhaps inevitably arise when women are made to marry their younger brothers…

Further Reading:

• ‘Egypt’s last pharaoh was the ‘love child’ of Caesar and Cleopatra’ (National Geographic, 2020): https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/10/egypts-last-pharaoh-was-the-love-child-of-caesar-and-cleopatra

• ‘Cleopatra, Julius Caesar And Mark Antony: Her Love Affairs Explored’ (HistoryExtra, 2023): https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatra-love-affairs-julius-caesar-mark-antony/

• ’Ancient Empires: Cleopatra Evolves Into an Ruthless Monarch’ (HISTORY, 2023):