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Like Cleopatra, she took care of the beauty of the body and skin

Like Cleopatra, she took care of the beauty of the body and skin


HOW THE WOMEN OF HISTORY MADE BEAUTIFUL WITH PLANTS

CLEOPATRA
queen of Egypt


A little history of Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII (Alexandria 69-30 BC), queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 BC she was the daughter of Cleopatra VI Trifena and of Ptolemy XIII Aulete, who had designated her heir on condition that she marry her brother Ptolemy XIV.

Cleopatra using her intellectual abilities and her faculties of seduction, thanks also to her beauty, to revive the prestige of the Ptolemaic monarchy, had to fight against the supporters of her brother-husband Ptolemy XIV because she was accused of wanting to take the throne from him and therefore forced to Alexandria.

Around 48 BC Julius Caesar arrived in Alexandria and settled in the royal palace with the intention of resolving the dynastic question.

Cleopatra presented herself to Caesar at night, wrapped according to Plutarch, in a travel blanket and accomplished her masterpiece of seduction. Caesar joined him to the throne with his brother and since he did not accept the decision, he brought him war, winning him and causing his death in the Nile.

Married again to another brother, Ptolemy XV, a boy of about ten, she became the de facto ruler of Egypt.

Having returned Caesar to Rome, Cleopatra followed him some time later together with her son Caesarion, whom he had had with him, where he caused great scandal as she presented herself not only as the queen of Egypt, but also of the Romans.

Dead Caesar Cleopatra returned to Alexandria where shortly after Marco Antonio arrived, who had been entrusted with the government of the East. Antonio too fell under the charm of Cleopatra and tied his destiny and ambitions to her. A fairytale life began for the two lovers, full of the most varied and unexpected refinements.

In the spring of 40, Antonio had to return to Italy; he returned to Egypt only four years later where he found Cleopatra with their three children Alexander Elio, Cleopatra Selene and Ptolemy.

With seduction and cunning Cleopatra obtained the title of king for her children and that Phenicia, Celesiria, Cyprus, a part of Cilicia, Syria and Arabia were incorporated into her kingdom, making Egypt buy a territorial extension that he had never known.But now the great adventure was drawing to a close: Octavian, determined to eliminate his rival Marcus Antony forever, declared war on the queen of Egypt. The decisive battle took place in the waters of Actium, where Cleopatra had accompanied Antonio in the wake of a large fleet.

With the defeat and the stampede, first Antonio killed himself with a sword stroke, then Cleopatra with the bite of an asp, in a succession of dramatic details suited to the nature of the two characters.

Cleopatra and Antony were buried together while their children were taken to Rome except Caesarion who was killed.

Cleopatra's personality

A woman of great culture, intelligent, knowledgeable of many languages, attractive more than beautiful, ambitious and unscrupulous, she was one of the most notable personalities of her time. The reasons why this queen was famous are not only linked to her history, to the fact that she was loved by two of the most powerful men of her time, Julius Caesar and Marco Antonio but also to her beauty passing into history as Poppea, Didone , Helen of Troy and many others as one of the most seductive women in history.

At the time of Cleopatra there were no cosmetic products as we are used to find in specialized shops obtained through chemical manipulations but we relied only on what nature offered: natural and vegetable substances skilfully chosen and prepared.

It is said that a ship constantly shuttled between Egypt and ancient Greece to bring Cleopatra the spices, ointments, aromas and conditioners she needed for her daily toilet.

Therefore, if we associate the undoubted gifts of grace of this woman, the refined skill of her hairdressers and make-up artists, we can only imagine the charm that this great woman emanated and that she had to exercise on men.

Cleopatra's beauty treatments

In Cleopatra's time the bathroom was not only a moment of personal hygiene but it was a real beauty cure. So here are two recipes whose story she tells, used by Cleopatra for her cure:

  • Toning and flavoring beauty bath for body care;
  • Skin softening beauty bath.

The story also goes that these same recipes were used by Ninon de Lenclos (Anne, called Ninon de) French courtesan (Paris 1620-1705), famous not only for her charm but also because she was a cultured and intelligent woman and because she had a certain influence on the customs of the society of her time.


Portrait of Ninon de Lenclos by Antoine Jean Baptiste Coupé

Known for the beauty of her transparent skin, clear and free of any stain, this woman was loved by the Prince of Condè and was the famous inspirer of Voltaire in whose living room the most famous writers and politicians of Paris gathered.


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