Cleopatra: Liberated Woman : She’s one of history’s most misunderstood women. She married and buried two brothers, captivated two of the most powerful men of her time and took her own life at 39. Highly educated, she outwitted manipulative advisors and seduced the 52-year-old Julius Caesar by rolling herself up in a carpet and being delivered to his room — all before the age of 21. She was, simply put, the most powerful woman of her time — known for her liaisons and masterful political skills. To the Romans, she was an evil seductress; to modern historians she is the epitome of brilliance.