the scene in which Ptolemy threw his tantrum, Cleopatra returned to the palace
and was reinstated as queen. She developed a passionate relationship with Julius
Caesar who was several years older.
A festival was held to celebrate the reconciliation of the royal family. According
to the historian Plutarch, while the festival was being prepared, Caesar’s
barber, a shy man who was also a good listener, discovered a plot being formed
against Caesar by Achillas and Pothinus. Caesar learned of this plot and set a
guard upon the hall where the feast was being held. He was able to kill
Pothinus. Achillas escaped to the army and raised a “troublesome and
embarrassing war” against Caesar.
Cleopatra’s brother Ptolemy fled the area and also waged war against Caesar
and Cleopatra. He was defeated and as his troops fled, Ptolemy drowned in the
Nile. His armor prevented him from swimming to the surface.
Cleopatra fled Rome and returned with her son to Alexandria. When Antony
arrived, he was taken with Cleopatra and was said to have fallen in love with
her. They had twins--a boy and girl.
For political reasons, he married Octavia, sister of a political rival. After
years of marriage with Octavia, Antony realized he was still in love with
Cleopatra. He returned to Alexandria. The two had another son, Ptolemy
The tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra became the basis of Shakespeare’s famous drama.