I was born in 69 BC in Alexandria which was the capital of Egypt at the time. My father was the Pharaoh of Egypt when I was born, and his name was Ptolemy XII. In 51 BC my father died and since I was the eldest child I inherited1) the throne of Egypt with my brother Ptolemy XIII.
At age 18, I was the queen of Egypt which was not an easy job. The Romans were conquering city after city and they were even beginning to gain control over Egypt when I took the throne. Keeping the Romans from completely taking over my land was a struggle in itself. Along with that, I had enemies to contend with2). People were jealous that I was so intelligent (I knew 9 languages) and that I was an independent ruler. I ruled for 3 years until I was overthrown by one of my father's advisors. I was forced to leave Egypt and move to Syria while my younger brother became the sole3) ruler of Egypt. But I don't give up so easily.
I was furious4) that my brother agreed to this. I found out that the Roman general, Julius Caesar, was in Alexandria and I devised a plan to enter into the city of Alexandria to make a plea to him. I couldn't simply walk into the city or my brother would have me imprisoned or worse. So I had myself wrapped in a rug and had the rug offered as a gift to Caesar. When the rug was unrolled, I tumbled5) out. Though I'm known in modern day to have been a great beauty, I truly wasn't. But my charm overtook the powerful Caesar and it was love at first sight.
My brother felt he had been betrayed and he declared war against Caesar and his Roman army. My brother died in the war and Caesar gained control of the throne of Alexandria. Caesar restored6) the throne to me. Again I was the queen of Egypt and was worshipped as a Pharaoh. Caesar and I had a son together, but a short time later Caesar died.
Upon his death, Rome began to divide. I knew that I had to stay in favor with7) the Romans so that they would not take the throne of Egypt away from me. When Mark Antony prevailed8) as ruler of the Roman Empire, I supported him. He and I eventually fell in love, but the Romans were not happy about our love. They felt he was giving away the Roman Empire by allowing me control over Egypt.
Fortune turned against us in 30 BC. Octavian was a man who was also in line for9) the throne of the Roman Empire. He was not fond of Mark Antony or me, and he declared war on Egypt. He defeated my beloved Mark Antony and then had me arrested. At the age of 39 I died in honor and was the last Pharaoh of Egypt.
1. inherit [ɪnˈherɪt] vt. 继承(传统、遗产、权利等)
2. contend with: 与……斗争，搏斗
3. sole [səʊl] adj. 单独的；唯一的；独特的
4. furious [ˈfjʊəriəs] adj. 狂怒的，暴怒的
5. tumble [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] vi. 打滚；翻滚
6. restore [rɪˈstɔː(r)] vt. 归还，交还
7. in favor with: 受喜爱，受宠爱
8. prevail [prɪˈveɪl] vi. 获胜；占优势，占上风
9. be in line for: 很有可能获得