“Cleopatra: Linguistic Polyglot and Scholarly Polymath”
Cleopatra rose to power at 17 and passed away at 39, possessing an impressive linguistic prowess encompassing 9 languages. Her fluency in Ancient Egyptian, coupled with her ability to decipher hieroglyphics, set her apart within her dynasty. In addition to Greek, she mastered the tongues of the Parthians, Hebrews, Medes, Troglodytes, Syrians, Ethiopians, and Arabs, granting her access to a vast array of knowledge across different cultures.
With such linguistic dexterity, Cleopatra had the world of literature at her fingertips. Beyond languages, her intellectual pursuits spanned diverse disciplines including geography, history, astronomy, international diplomacy, mathematics, alchemy, medicine, zoology, and economics. She tirelessly sought to assimilate the wisdom of her era.\
Spending considerable time in her ancient laboratory, Cleopatra authored writings on herbs and cosmetics, unfortunately lost in the flames of the Library of Alexandria in 391 AD. Renowned physicist Galen, studying her works, transcribed some of her recipes, notably a hair regrowth cream recommended to her patients. Although her beauty tips remain elusive, her interest in herbal medicine is evident from her access to now-lost papyri.
Cleopatra’s influence on science and medicine reverberated through the early Christian centuries, underscoring her unparalleled stature in human history.