Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 31 March (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

Caesar was proving not entirely agreeable to what she needed, abroad at least, if she were to share rule of the sea-kingdoms with him from Rome. She had looked into the law-books at Rome, and shuddered; good Alexandrian matrons and daughters would find life at Rome onerous, with the dull weight of confinement to the domicile, and the tedious round of spinning and weaving. The lively market-women of Egypt were another tribe entirely, even and especially those of Greek descent, who had taken to Egyptian ways with stunning alacrity. 

Of course, there was time. He was only in his mid-fifties, hale and hearty, and she could well imagine him peering out from that well-shaped bony helm to navigate the destinies of empire for another decade at least. He had on him none of the marks of the slow-wasting weariness that took the old, nor (it went without saying) any of the fat of the sybarite or the drunkard. Not only as a patron of hospitals was it useful to have had a physician’s training, but as a student of politics and an actor therein. An ally or opponent with the mark of death upon them was another thing entirely; one then had to look beyond that man or woman to the heirs.


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10 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 31 March (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

  1. Gemma Parkes says:

    Beautifully descriptive, l can see him standing before me!

  2. Her thoughts certainly show the depth and understanding the woman must have had – well done! Excellent excerpt, love the way you spun the words.

  3. Sue says:

    interesting differences between the Roman and Egyptian market women

  4. Kate Warren says:

    Smart woman to recognize all of this. Lovely contrast between Rome and Egypt.

  5. I believe Cleopatra was always a woman who looked out for number one.

  6. Rome was a more patriarchal society than Egypt in Cleopatra’s time.

  7. jessschira says:

    Lovely, lyrical snippet. Out of idle curiosity, what was the average life span during that period of time?

  8. daezarkian says:

    I love the poetic language you use to lay out so much information and detail. Nicely done!

  9. FCEtier says:

    “…a student of politics and an actor therein”
    And all the world’s a stage. Well done!

  10. Interesting visit to her thought process while she weighed and measured the situation. Nice eight! 🙂

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