Welcome to Rome Across Europe!
If this is your first time here, thanks for stopping by. If you’ve been here before then you know the level of respect and admiration we have for the infamous Gaius Julius Caesar.
If you know anything about Caesar, then you are probably familiar with his time in Aegyptus (Roman Egypt). Even if you aren’t a fan of history you may have come across the play Caesar and Cleopatra written in 1898 by George Bernard Shaw, or the 1945 British Technicolor film Caesar and Cleopatra directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh.
Having seen how history has portrayed the woman who supposedly brought an end to the Res Publica Romana (Roman Republic), we thought we’d journey into a fictional courtroom to view History vs. Cleopatra!
View the full lesson here.
The world has been so fascinated by Cleopatra that her story has been told in various formats, aside from the one’s we previously mentioned.
In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor starred as the queen in the film Cleopatra. It was the highest-grossing film of 1963, earning $57.7 million total (equivalent to $451.38 million in 2017), yet made a loss due to its production and marketing costs of $44 million (equivalent to $344.20 million in 2017).
Was she just a skilled seductress? Or was Cleopatra a great ruler in her own right?
The question remains for you decide. We hope you enjoyed today’s adventure and look forward to having you back again soon.
Till next time, Don’t Stop Rome-ing!