The Pharaoh's Palace in Alexandria from the Vault of Nut
"Ladies, let us watch!" Isis commanded.
The Royal Mother, former Cleopatra V Tryphaena, and Astraia,
the king's former concubine, inched closer to the Goddess and together
they peered down from the Vault of Nut into the heart of the royal
palace of Egypt in Alexandria. The Royal Mother smiled down at
Princess Cleopatra, her daughter, who was busy adding fluent
Egyptian to her Greek native tongue.
"My daughter has a talent for learning languages and absorbing
as a whole each of the various cultures in Alexandria. Odd, though,
that she does not pursue Latin or show any special interest in Rome,"
the Royal Mother commented. "Would it not make sense to learn the
language of a country singularly intent on annexing her kingdom?"
Isis smiled at the Royal Mother's astuteness. "Indeed. I think I
shall place that idea in her head," she replied. The Royal Mother
watched as Isis struck Cleopatra's mind with an even deeper hunger for
tongues and cultures, and a special curiosity about Latin.
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