When most of us hear the word ‘Egypt’ we immediately think of pyramids and ancient civilizations. Egypt has an extremely rich and colorful history going back more than 5,000 years, a history dominated by ancient dynasties, pharaohs, and troublesome events, but also a history filled with wonder and enlightenment. Many of you already know about Egypt’s official language, population, or any other type of information that you can easily find information or statistics for. We, on the other hand, will spend the next few minutes educating you about some of the most interesting yet lesser known facts about Egypt.
10Cleopatra was Greek
When people say ‘Cleopatra’ you immediately think about Egypt and the pyramids. Interestingly enough, Cleopatra was actually a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Macedonian Greeks that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death. Furthermore, Cleopatra was the only ruler of her dynasty who knew the Egyptian language in addition to her native Greek, a quality that other Greek rulers before her didn’t possess.