>>114573136>In fact she was well educated, smart and witty.
She was the only member of her entire dynasty to actually speak Egyptian, so sure, she wasn't stupid.>Egyptian empire was about to fall anyway so she did her best to avoid war, destruction and Roman invasion, in fact Egypt remained independent until her death.
No. She is the sole reason that Egypt went from being a Roman vassal to being a Roman province. Egypt was nominally independent (but heavily dependent on Rome) for a long time. When Cleopatra made the decision to side with Antony and start fucking with the all-important grain shipments from Egypt to Italy, she doomed Egypt to official Roman administration.>in fact Egypt remained independent until her death
No, even Cleopatra's ascension to the throne of Rome was only caused by her literally riding the dick of Julius Caesar. If anything, Cleopatra tied Egypt even more formally than ever to Rome. Sure, Roman politicians had thrown their weight around in Egypt, extracting all kinds of favors and bribes, but Cleopatra publicly flaunted getting dicked down by the de facto king of Rome. And when he died she was quick to latch on to the most prominent of his generals. And then of course for all her scheming she only succeeded in getting Egypt formally annexed as the personal possession of Augustus. How brilliant.