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History has preserved many names of conquerors and rulers. But it often happened that behind every man was a woman who, with the help of her natural charms and sharp mind, could influence the fate of states. This review presents famous mistresses who have left a significant mark on history.
Cleopatra was far from beautiful, but she knew how to properly use her feminine charm so that a man wanted to spend the night with her, knowing that the next morning he would be killed. The Greeks called the queen "meriohane", that is, "wide-mouthed" or "wide-mouthed." Cleopatra knew how to please a man. But besides this, the queen of Egypt was very wise. She behaved differently with each man. If she was meek and intelligent with Julius Caesar, then in her relationship with Mark Antony the woman showed all her frenzy.
The name of Valeria Messalina has become synonymous with female debauchery and lust. Messalina was very popular at the court of Caligula, she managed to marry the Roman emperor Claudius. Historians Tacitus and Suetonius mentioned how Messalina, being the wife of the ruler, under an assumed name, visited her lunaparium (brothel) and pretended to be a prostitute.
Despite her irrepressible sex drive, Messalina had a great influence in politics. She ruled over the emperor, and from this the senate carried out her orders. Messalina died in a failed political coup.
Thais of Athens is known as the friend and mistress of Alexander the Great. For some reason, not a single sculptor or artist captured her appearance, but the fame of the beauty and deeds of the hetera has survived to this day. As is known from historical sources, Thais favorably differed from other Greek women in her appearance: she had a copper skin tone and gray eyes. which attracted others very much. Of course, Alexander the Great could not help but notice this hetera.
Thais of Athens became famous for burning Persepolis - after the troops of Alexander the Great defeated the Persians and occupied the city. According to the records of Diodorus Siculus and Plutarch, Thais entered the city in a chariot naked, only in her jewelry. When the soldiers, celebrating the victory, became drunk, she took the torch and urged them to burn the city. Excited men immediately followed the appeal of the Athenian. The architectural and cultural pearl of Persia was burned to the ground. So the getter took revenge on the Persians for the destruction of Athens.
Marquise de Pompadour
There are legends about the love of the favorite of the French king Louis XV, the Marquis de Pompadour. It was said that she could reciprocate with men several times a day. And the secret of sexuality was chocolate and celery, which are considered powerful aphrodisiacs. At breakfast, the Marquis drank a cup of chocolate with ground celery root. Plus to the irrepressible sexual attraction was the woman's sharp mind. The Marquis de Pompadour (Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson) managed to captivate the monarch for 20 years. The favorite had an influence on public policy and developed science and art.
Often, women took the helm of the state. These 10 rulers decided the fate of entire nations and changed the course of history.