Lost for 1600 years the fabled city of Alexandria was lost – until just 16 years ago. The famed stage of historic interactions between Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and Octavius was lost under the water. The royal residences, as archeologists discovered, were slowly sent to the bottom of the sea after a series of earthquakes and tsunamis. The ancient Alexandria had over 500,000 residents and was known for its library with over 700,000 scrolls.
Cleopatra VII: The legendary last pharaoh of ancient Egypt known for her power, seduction, and ruthlessness. Why she's scandalous: Cleopatra knew how to use her sex appeal to get what she wanted, including having herself delivered to Caesar rolled up in a Persian carpet before becoming his mistress. She then famously became Mark Antony's lover — which ended with him taking his own life and her allegedly killing herself with a snake bite.
Mark Antony, Roman Politician and General, Part of the second Triumvirate (meaning three rulers) Octavian and Lepidus and Antony. Octavian and Antony argued and separated causing civil war. Antony was defeated in the battle of Actium and surrended in Alexandria to commit suicide with lover Cleopatra present which she committed suicide later as well.
Cleopatra The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt. Cleopatra sought to defend Egypt from the expanding Roman Empire. In doing so she formed relationships with two of Rome’s most powerful leaders Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar.
Marcus Antonius, commonly known in English as Mark Antony, was a Roman politician and general. He was an important supporter and loyal friend of his mother's cousin Julius Caesar. Disagreement between Octavian and Antony erupted into civil war, the final war of the Roman Republic, in 31 BC. Antony was defeated by Octavian. He and his lover Cleopatra committed suicide shortly thereafter. His career and defeat are significant in Rome's transformation from Republic to Empire.