Was Cleopatra black because she was Egyption?

There’s absolutely no evidence to support the idea that Cleopatra was black and much evidence to discount the possibility.

Although many Egyptians were black, Cleopatra was not Egyptian.

She descended from a line of Macedonian Greeks in a family so determined to avoid diluting the family blood that it practiced a severe form of incestuous interbreeding, in which brothers married sisters and fathers married daughters.

Cleopatra at 17, following the family ways, married her pesky 12-year-old brother.

He was later slaughtered as he battled her for the throne, which should not be surprising to anyone who has had an older sister.

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