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Cleopatra, Part 2



Cleopatra, Part 2
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.4

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     challenging words:    grandnephew, splendor, triumvirate, prominence, imminent, humiliation, alliance, luxurious, lavish, threshold, wounded, death, sole, political, primary, heir
     content words:    Mark Antony, Roman Army, Marcus Lepidus, Roman Empire, Ptolemy XV


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Cleopatra, Part 2
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     After Caesar's death, there were many changes in Rome. Two men rose to prominence, Octavian, Caesar's heir and grandnephew, and Mark Antony, a political leader and popular general in the Roman Army. Eventually, the two men came to an agreement with another powerful man, Marcus Lepidus. The Roman Empire was divided into three territories - called a triumvirate. One territory was given to each man to rule. For a while, this plan worked well. However, Octavian desired to be sole ruler. With his strong army, he was able to force Lepidus out of power. Next, he set his sights on Antony.
 
2     After the agreement was struck to divide the Roman Empire into three territories, Mark Antony went to establish his rule in the east. He sent messages to Cleopatra to come to him. At first, she ignored him. She would not come until she was ready.
 
3     One day, Antony noticed a crowd gathering at the river. Finally, Cleopatra was coming to meet him. She arrived in all the splendor of Egypt, making quite an impression. When the two met, they established an alliance that they hoped would bring them both the wealth and power they desired. They also fell in love.

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