Premieres Monday, March 5 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
The 2-part special CLEOPATRA examines the life of Egypt’s most famous ruler, the sole woman of her time to rule alone. It is a story of survival, political acumen, seduction and notoriety, revealing the reasons her name still resonates today. She is an iconic figure and household name, but the real life of this historical woman is one that is shrouded in mystery. The series reveals how this capable sovereign survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, securing her future by seducing one of Rome’s greatest leaders, and how her fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her legacy. CLEOPATRA draws on dramatic reconstructions and evidence from key experts to tell the real story behind Egypt’s most well-known, enigmatic ruler.
From nearly the time she was born, Cleopatra had to fight for the throne and for her life. She was raised in the palace of one of history's most ruthless royal families and had to use every skill in her arsenal--her brains, her charm, and her body--in order to survive. She would seduce the world's greatest leaders, form powerful alliances, and cement her place in history. This is the story of the real Cleopatra, told through lavish reconstructions and testimony from the world's leading historians.
In the March 5 episode, “Blood and Betrayal,” we’ll see how a young Cleopatra stayed alive and in power through political schemes, family betrayal, and tactful seduction. In the March 12 episode, "Love and Death,” the real story of Cleopatra and Mark Antony eclipses any Hollywood romance or Shakespearean tragedy.