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THE VALLEY OF THE NILE.
THE PTOLEMIES.
ALEXANDRIA.
CLEOPATRA'S FATHER.
ACCESSION TO THE THRONE.
CLEOPATRA AND Caesar.
THE ALEXANDRINE WAR.
CLEOPATRA A QUEEN.
THE BATTLE OF PHILIPPI.
CLEOPATRA AND ANTONY.
THE BATTLE OF ACTIUM.
THE END OF CLEOPATRA.

character of every son and daughter in the whole Ptolemaic line. She was 

insignificant and powerless where she was, but at the head of the army 

she might become immediately a queen. 

 

It resulted, in the first instance, as she had anticipated. Achillas and 

his army received her with acclamations. Under Ganymede's influence they 

decided that, as all the other members of the royal family were in 

durance, being held captive by a foreign general, who had by chance 

obtained possession of the capital, and were thus incapacitated for 

exercising the royal power, the crown devolved upon ArsinoŽ; and they 

accordingly proclaimed her queen. 

 

Every thing was now prepared for a desperate and determined contest for 

the crown between Cleopatra, with Caesar for her minister and general, on 

the one side, and ArsinoŽ, with Ganymede and Achillas for her chief 

officers on the other. The young Ptolemy in the mean time, remained 

Caesar's prisoner, confused with the intricacies in which the quarrel had 

become involved, and scarcely knowing now what to wish in respect to the 

issue of the contest. It was very difficult to foresee whether it would 

be best for him that Cleopatra or that ArsinoŽ should succeed. 


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