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Cleopatra? Who died and made YOU queen?
Blog Guy, I see there’s a very popular new biography of Cleopatra. Have you read it?
Indeed I have. “Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff. It’s a fascinating read. Cleopatra was part of the Ptolemaic dynasty, you know.
Ptolemaic? How do you even pronounce that?
Ignore the “P.” They began a lot of words with “Pt” back then just for fun. See, they didn’t have Blu-ray or PlayStation or other real entertainment.
Is that right? I’m sensing you know nothing about this. How did Cleopatra get around Egypt?
Considering their love of Pt words, I guess she used a PT Cruiser on land, and a PT boat on the Nile.
You’re an imbecile, but I can’t be bothered to find a better blog. How did she die? Did that snake thing really happen?
No. Most likely it was poisoning, and given what we know about the language, I expect it was ptomaine.
Stop it! That’s enough!
What? You can’t ptolerate my pteaching ptoday?
So, did Cleopatra have any children?
Yes, and she was very active in the…
Please don’t say it, Blog Guy. I’m begging you.
Too late. The PTA…
Top: Oil painting “Cleopatra’s Last Moments” by French artist D. Pauvert, in an image released to Reuters February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Shaan Kokin/Julien’s Auctions/Handout
Left: Book jacket for “Cleopatra: A Life”
Right: The handwriting of Queen Cleopatra, reading “it will be so” is seen on a piece of papyrus in Berlin’s Egyptian museum and put on display for the first time October 26, 2000. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay