Elizabeth Taylor brought Cleopatra back to life
Elizabeth Taylor brought Cleopatra back to life.
“Give me to drink mandragora…
That I might sleep out this great gap of time
My Antony is away.”
(Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra 1.v.4)
She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a Greek royal family which ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great's death during the Hellenistic period. The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to learn Egyptian, which is the reason that Greek as well as Egyptian languages were used on official court documents like the Rosetta Stone. By contrast, Cleopatra did learn Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess Isis.”