...Antony. Cleopatra, or more precisely, Cleopatra VII, was the daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes, king of Egypt. On her father's death in 51 bc Cleopatra, then about 17 years old, and her brother, Ptolemy XIII, a child of about 12 years, succeeded jointly to the throne of Egypt with the provision that they should marry. But it was a marriage for convenience only. She became queen at the age of 18. In the third year of their reign Ptolemy, encouraged by his advisers, assumed sole control of the government and drove... CLEOPATRA I. INTRODUCTION Cleopatra (69-30 bc), ill-fated queen. It was the throne of a number of Macedonian queens of ancient Egypt, celebrated for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark...