Cleopatra VII was born in Egypt in 69 BC, during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Not much was known about her childhood. Her mother was believed to be Cleopatra Celene, and she had many siblings, but most died from various causes. Her father, Ptolemy Auletes, was the pharaoh, and when he died Cleopatra became the next in line for the throne. She was 18 at the time. According to Egyptian law and tradition, however, Cleopatra was forced to have a co-ruler, who was either a brother or a son, no matter what the age, throughout her reign. She married her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII, even though he was only 12, and became co-ruler with him. Both he and Cleopatra craved power, so when the court officials took Ptolemy's side, he exiled her to Syria.
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