Cleopatra: Tragic lover or Manipulating Seductress? (Views on History #2)
Even though it is propaganda I'm inclined towards the trollop that Octavian made her out to be. Having a lover is one thing, but turning your genitalia into a political weapon is quite different.
I respect her for it in the beginning. Cleopatra was a Ptolemy, and the entire dynasty had always killed each other for the throne. Caesar had the army she needed to oust her brother and keep her sister from killing her.
Attempting to place Caesarion on the nonexistent Roman Throne is where she lost me.