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The Top 10 Grandest Romantic Gestures of All Time

By Becky Ferreira Feb 14, 2013

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Here, Take Egypt!

The Lovers: Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, and Cleopatra, opportunistic queen of Egypt.

The Gesture: The throne of Egypt. Caesar traveled to Egypt in 47 BCE, looking to claim debts and bring the nation under his control. Cleopatra, eager to gain an edge over her brothers, snuck herself into his quarters rolled in a fancy carpet and seduced him right away (the old rolled-in-a-carpet seduction trick; classic). Deeply in love, Caesar chucked the Egyptian kingdom at her, backing her politically, financially, and militarily. After his assassination, she found yet another love in Marc Anthony, both of whom are said to have committed suicide for each other, rather than live apart.

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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