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“Cleopatra is one of the few women of world class stature in political history. She enamored two strikingly different men: Julius Caesar, a cerebral master strategist, and Marc Antony, an impulsive, convivial warrior. She was pivotal in one of the great turning points in Western history, when the Roman Republic shifted into an Empire. As sensualist and femme fatale, she became half-mythological legend in literature and art”

 

~ “Sex, Art, and American Culture” – Camille Paglia

Cleopatra_and_Caesar_by_Jean-Leon-Gerome

Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean-Leon-Gerome