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Cleopatra and Arrow pictured on the cover of the book

All of the characters that appear in Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory. Several of these characters also appear in the film adaptation.

Main characters[]

Cleopatra VII[]

Main article: Cleopatra VII

Elisa Moolecherry as Cleopatra

Cleopatra Philopator VII (69 BC – 30 BC)[1] was the daughter of King Ptolemy XII Auletes of Egypt. She grew up in Alexandria, where she spent a lot of time studying with her friend Olympus. In 57 BC, her father's rule was threatened which led to her sister Tryphaena seizing the throne. Fearing for her own life, Cleopatra traveled with her father to Rome to garner support. Due to her linguistic knowledge, she kept many officials from mocking him. They remained in Rome until the spring of 55 BC. After returning home, Cleopatra went on a trip on the Nile in preparation for becoming queen one day.

Supporting characters[]



Larissa Gomes as Berenice

Berenice IV (77? BC – 55 BC)[1] was Cleopatra VII's older sister as well as her favorite. Though she loved her sister, Cleopatra described her as beautiful but "bland" and "easily influenced." Berenice also never left the palace. In 57 BC, her father Ptolemy XII Auletes left Egypt to gather support in Rome and was accompanied by Cleopatra. Berenice's older sister Tryphaena seized the throne. Following her death, Berenice crowned herself queen and married according to Egyptian law. She had her husband strangled after three days. In 55 BC, her father returned and had Berenice executed by beheading.



David Calderisi as Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero[2] (106 BC – 43 BC)[1] was a Roman orator, philosopher, and lawyer. Cleopatra met Cicero at Tullus Atticus's house, where they struck up a friendship. Cleopatra went several times to watch Cicero present cases at the Senate. Cicero later pleaded against helping Cleopatra's father, which caused them to say in Rome another year. Some months later, Cleopatra reproached Cicero for what he said, leading him to drop his complaints. He disliked Marc Antony, as well as the members of the First Triumvirate. In 43 BC, Cicero was assassinated on Marc Antony's orders.


Julia (died 54 BC)[1] was the daughter of Julius Caesar and wife of Pompey the Great. Cleopatra described her as being a "bit older" than her and "very beautiful." When Cleopatra came to Rome, Julia befriended her by inviting her out to the theater. She often explained things about Roman culture to her. They spent much of the summer of 57 BC together near Herculaneum. The following summer, Julia stayed at the nearby Pompeii instead and introduced Cleopatra to her nephew Octavian. She and Cleopatra continued spending time together until the latter's departure in the spring of 55 BC. Some years later, Julia died in childbirth which left her father and husband devastated.

Marc Antony[]


Matthew Witherly as Marc Antony

Marc Antony (82 BC – 30 BC)[1] was a Roman general and politician. He met Cleopatra at twenty-six-years-old while working as a chief cavalry officer. Antony annoyed her at first, though she eventually found herself attracted to him. He kissed Cleopatra, before leaving to march his foot soldiers through Judea to Alexandria. Antony reconnected with Cleopatra several years later, fell in love, and, according to some records, married. They had three children, Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene, and Ptolemy Philadelphus. In 30 BC, he committed suicide after a huge loss against Octavian.



Marilo Nunez as Neva

Neva (born c. 72 BC)[3] was Cleopatra's servant and confidante who accompanied her day and night. Neva was descended from the servants of Ptolemy I, making her "pure Macedonian Greek." Cleopatra described her as having light skin and blue eyes, and that they could "pass as sisters." In 57 BC, Neva accompanied Cleopatra to Rome. She fell in love with Puzo, Cleopatra's guard, from first sight. They became closer in Rome and Cleopatra allowed them to marry after returning to Egypt.



Yani Gellman as Olympus

Olympus (born c. 71 BC)[4] was a close friend of Cleopatra VII. He was studying in Alexandria to become a physician for the royal family. His father was a philosopher from Athens. Olympus, Cleopatra, and their other friend Theophilus often met at the library to converse together. He warned Cleopatra about Tryphaena, leading to her leaving for Rome. The friends kept in contact through letters until her return. Olympus later went with Cleopatra on her trip along the Nile. They remained friends and he became her personal physician.

Ptolemy XII Auletes[]


Hrant Alianak as Ptolemy Auletes

Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos ("Father"; c. 100? BC – 51 BC),[1] also known as Ptolemy Auletes[5] ("Flute Player"),[1] was the pharaoh of Egypt from 80 BC until 51 BC. He was the father of six, including Tryphaena, Berenice, Cleopatra, Arsinoë, Ptolemy XIII, and Ptolemy XIV. In 57 BC, he fled Alexandria after an attempt was made on his life. He traveled to Rome with his daughter Cleopatra to obtain help. Ptolemy was often made fun of for his drinking habits, which earned him the nickname "Auletes." They remained in Rome until 55 BC due to various delays. He reclaimed his throne and had his daughter Berenice executed. Ptolemy ruled until his death in 51 BC.



Billy Khoury as Puzo

Puzo was Cleopatra's favorite guard. He was born in Syracuse, Sicily.[6] Puzo was enslaved and trained as a gladiator by the Romans, before being sent to Alexandria as entertainment for King Ptolemy Auletes. Cleopatra bought his freedom before he was forced to fight. From that point on Puzo protected Cleopatra at all times. He often disguised himself while traveling with her in public. On the way to Rome with Cleopatra, their ship stopped in Syracuse and Puzo was able to reunite with his grandmother. Puzo fell in love with Neva, Cleopatra's servant. They later received permission from her to marry.



Linda Gizirian as Tryphaena

Cleopatra Tryphaena VI (79? BC – 57 BC)[1] was the eldest sister of Cleopatra VII. She was characterized as being generally mean-spirited as well as ambitious, shallow, and conniving. In 57 BC, her father King Ptomlemy Auletes fled Alexandria after his life was threatened. Cleopatra accompanied him, fearing that Tryphaena would make an attempt on her life. In his absence, Tryphaena took over her father's bed chambers and went on to crown herself queen of Egypt. Her reign was ended within a few months after she was assassinated by allies of her father. Her sister Berenice succeeded her.

Minor characters[]


Arrow in the film

  • Arrow was Cleopatra's pet leopard who roamed the palace's gardens at night. Arrow went missing after killing Berenice's pet Baboon, but returned when Cleopatra came back home.
  • Arsinoë (68 BC – 45 BC)[1] was Cleopatra VII's youngest sister. Despite her being a young child, Cleopatra described her as being "spoiled and mean" like their elder sister Tryphaena. In 45 BC, Cleopatra had Arsinoë murdered in order to secure her claim on the throne.
  • Baboon (died March 57 BC)[7] was Berenice's pet baby baboon, whom she adopted from the zoo. He was supposedly killed by Cleopatra's pet leopard, Arrow.
  • Bucephalus was Cleopatra VII's pet Arabian horse. She named the horse after the horse of Alexander the Great. Before Cleopatra fled Alexandria, threatening messages were found nailed to the horse's stall.
  • Cleopatra Tryphaena V (died 69? BC)[1] was the mother of Cleopatra VII and wife of Ptolemy XII Auletes. She died when Cleopatra was young.
  • Crassus, Marcus Licinius (115? BC – 55 BC),[1] a Roman general who formed the First Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey. He ended a slave revolt led by Spartacus in 71 BC.

Jan Filips as Julius Caesar

  • Julius Gaius Caesar (102 BC – 44 BC)[1] was a Roman general and leader, who ruled from 49 BC to 44 BC. While Cleopatra was in Rome, he was somewhere north in Gaul. He later went to conquer Britannia. At fifty-two, Caesar met Cleopatra and they became lovers. In 47 BC, they had a son named Ptolemy XV Caesarion. Caesar was assassinated by Roman senators in 44 BC. He was succeeded by his legal heir, Octavian.
  • Mento (died 31 December 56 BC)[5] was King Ptolemy Auletes's favorite slave whom he had known since childhood. He died protecting him from a deadly snake.
  • Augustus, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (63 BC – AD 14)[1], also known as Octavian, was the great-nephew and legal heir of Julius Caesar. He met Cleopatra at age seven and spent much of the summer of 56 BC with her. Octavian succeeded Caesar upon his death, becoming the first Roman emperor. Years later, he declared war on Cleopatra and successfully took control over Egypt.
  • Pompey the Great (106 BC – 48 BC),[1] also called the "Bearded Executioner,"[8] was an influential soldier of Rome and the husband of Julia. He met with King Ptolemy Auletes, whom he insulted, and Cleopatra when they first came to Rome to seek aid.
  • Ptolemy I was the ancestor of Cleopatra's family.
  • Ptolemy XIII (61 BC – 47 BC),[1] also known as Ptolemy One,[3] was Cleopatra's younger brother. They married, following Egyptian custom, and became co-rulers upon their father's death. Ptolemy had Pompey beheaded in an attempt to gain favor with Caesar, which backfired. He drowned in the Nile months later during battle.
  • Ptolemy XIV (59 BC – 44 BC),[1] also known as Ptolemy the Younger,[3] was Cleopatra's youngest brother. She married him after the death of her other brother. Ptolemy died suddenly in 44 BC.
  • Puzo's grandmother, an elder woman whom lived in Syracuse, Sicily with her three sisters. She briefly reunited with her grandson Puzo in 57 BC.
  • Spartacus (died 71 BC),[1] a famous gladiator who led a slave revolt. He was ultimately defeated by Crassus's army but remained influential.
  • Theophilus was Cleopatra's and Olympus's Jewish friend. He was a philosophy student training to become a rabbi. His ancestor helped translate Hebrew Scriptures into Greek; he also claimed to be descended from Moses. Theophilus kept up a regular correspondence with Cleopatra during her time in Rome.
  • Tullus Atticus was a rich citizen of Rome who had Cleopatra and her father stay with him as guests. Cleopatra described him as a "stout bald man" and "given to gluttony." However, he soon proved himself to be kind after inviting Cleopatra to his summer villa on the Bay of Naples.

Epilogue characters[]

  • Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene (born 40 BC)[1] were the twin son and daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony. After their parents death, the twins and their brother were raised by Marc Antony's fourth wife, Octavia. Alexander later mysteriously disappeared. Cleopatra Selene married King Juba, becoming Queen of Mauretania. They had two children, Ptolemy and Drusilla.
  • Drusilla (born c. 22? BC)[1] was the daughter of Cleopatra Selene and Juba II. She was, by some accounts, married to Marcus Antonius Felix.
  • Fulvia was Marc Antony's third wife. According to legend, she pierced Cicero's tongue with a hairpin after he was beheaded.
  • King Juba II (c. 45 BC – AD 23?)[1] was the ruler of Mauretania. He married Cleopatra Selene and had two children with her, Ptolemy and Drusilla.
  • Marcus Antonius Felix was, by some accounts, the husband of Drusilla. They listened in on the testimony of Paul the Apostle.
  • Octavia was Marc Antony's fourth wife. After Marc Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide, Octavia raised their three children, Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene, and Ptolemy Philadelphus.
  • Ptolemy of Mauretania (c. 24 BC – AD 40?)[1] was the son of Cleopatra Selene and Juba II.
  • Ptolemy XV Caesarion (June 47 BC[9] – 30? BC)[1] was the son of Cleopatra VII with Julius Caesar. Cleopatra later helped Caesarion flee, before Egypt was conquered by Octavian. However, he was murdered before reaching his destination.
  • Ptolemy Philadelphus (born 36 BC)[1] was the youngest son of Cleopatra VII with Marc Antony. After his parents death, he was taken to live with Antony's wife Octavia but later mysteriously disappeared.


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