(I Am Cleopatra) by Grace Norwich November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"When Alexander died in 323 BCE, his sprawling empire was divided into three parts."

Based upon the context clues, the word "sprawling" means to be spread out in an unnatural or ungraceful manner.

"Like Alexander, Ptolemy was Greek, but he immediately declared himself pharaoh, the title given to egyptian kings."

Based upon the context clues, the word "pharaoh" means the king of egypt.

"He also wanted to recognize caesarion as his heir in Rome (foreigners could not inherit Roman property at the time), and he wanted to declare himself king and rule as a god.

Based upon the context clues, the word "foreigners" are people from different countries and cities.

"Many Romans were quite sympathetic toward the young princess. They were impressed by her dignity as she was paraded through the streets."

Based upon the context clues, the word "sympathetic" means to show sympathy, or express feeling toward a certain person.

"Romans were put off by the luxuries and gifts caesar was providing to the egyptian queen, and they blamed Cleopatra for Caesar's behavior."

Based on the context clues, the work "luxuries" means valuable gifts or nice places.

"Her father was known by the name Auletes, meaning "the flute player". He was a musician and patron of the arts in Alexandria."

Based on the context clues, the word "patron" is someone who supports another person.

"I think not. After all, my decades-long reign came during a time of enormous violence and disorder."

Based on the context clues, the word "decades" is a plural word for decade, or a time period of ten years, therefore decades are more than ten years.

"As the summer stretched on, the strength and willingness of Antony's troops began to fade."

Based upon the context clues, the word "willingness" means ready to do something or simply volunteering to help someone.

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Created with images by KathleenPirroArts - "nefertiti egypt queen" • ncmichael2k3 - "Sprawl." • NadineDoerle - "sphinx egypt hieroglyphs" • US Army Africa - "Atlas Drop 11 officially begins with ceremony at Soroti Airfield" • asenat29 - "Gift" • Mariamichelle - "venetian las vegas gondola" • sasint - "hospital assistance care for" • jontintinjordan - "number 10" • PactoVisual - "books library school"

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