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♚[11/15] Memorable Royal Moments - Cleopatra VII smuggles herself into Alexandria to meet with Caesar♚
After the death of Ptolemy XII in 51 B.C., he left his eldest surviving son and daughter as joint rulers of Egypt. The newly crowned Cleopatra VII was 18 at the time, and Ptolemy XIII was 10. They were married according to custom, but it was a marriage in name only. The first years of their reign were difficult ones, and it became obvious Cleopatra had no intention of sharing power with her little half brother.
Relations between the two eventually broke down completely, and Cleopatra was forced into exile by a group of courtiers in 48 B.C., and her half brother was declared sole ruler. While she was in exile, Gaius Julius Caesar arrived in Egypt chasing after his rival Pompey. The man had arrived in Egypt a few days before Caesar, and young Ptolemy made the mistake of having Pompey beheaded in an effort to gain Caesar’s favour. That was a mistake, as the move made Caesar furious instead. Egypt was deeply in debt to Rome, and Caesar installed himself in Alexandria to settle the dispute between the feuding siblings.
Cleopatra smuggled herself into the palace past her brother’s guards, and had herself presented to Caesar. According to legend she arrived roller up in a rug possibly a bedroll. She immediately captivated Caesar and they became lovers, with Caesar taking her side in the dispute with her half brother/husband. After the defeat of Ptolemy XIII’s army by Caesar’s forces, and the young king’s death by drowning in the Nile, he restored Cleopatra to the throne. She was nominally married to her remaining half brother, who was crowned ruler of Egypt alongside her as Ptolemy XIV. Nine months after she had herself smuggled into Caesar’s quarters, Cleopatra gave birth to their first child. It was a son that she named Ptolemy Caesar, who is popularly known by the nickname of “Caesarion”, which means “Little Caesar.”