Caesar's assassination caused anarchy and civil war in Rome.  Eventually the empire was divided among three men: Caesar's
great-nephew Octavian, who later became the emperor Augustus; Marcus Lepidus; and Marcus Antonius, better known today as
Mark Antony.

In 42 B.C. Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to Tarsus (in modern-day Turkey) to question her about whether she had assisted
his enemies.  Cleopatra arrived in style on a barge with a gilded stern, purple sails, and silver oars. The boat was sailed by her
maids, who were dressed as sea nymphs.  Cleopatra herself was dressed as Venus, the goddess of love. She reclined under a
gold canopy, fanned by boys in Cupid costumes.
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