For centuries, Egypt's Queen Cleopatra VII has been the catalyst for heated --- and often inaccurate --- debate, fantasy, envy, and controversy. Too often she is trivialized or stereotyped as being merely the seductive earthly incarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who conquered the great Julius Caesar and later, his protege, Marc Antony, with her unbelievable sexual prowess. This erroneous image, perpetuated by mass media to the endless delight of audiences around the world, does this fabulous historic figure a great injustice.
In truth, Cleopatra was a brilliant woman, a shrewd politician devoted to her country and its people. She was a born monarch, amb