11 August, 2010
JOURNAL: THE FIRST CLEOPATRA
At this point in MYTHS, Part Three, (ATALANTA AND THE GOLDEN APPLES), Cleopatra and Chione, the twin daughters of the Titan lord Boreas, and their nations of Thynia and Bithynia are emerging and Cleopatra’s guest, Lelex, advises her to create a government for her land before others come there to wrest it from her. Because of Lelex’s foresight, Thynia and Bithynia become the second and third nations after Deucalion’s Flood to have governments based upon civil law and if one assumes that they are the forerunners of the Trojans, being in the same geographical vicinity, one may also assume that this form of government is carried to Rome many centuries later by Trojan survivors after the sacking of Troy. The name Cleopatra, which was not only the name of Boreas’s daughter but also of the daughter of Tros, first king and eponym of Troy, must have loomed large in Rome's prehistoric memory when historians recorded the accounts of their Mark Antony and a latter-day Cleopatra, the famous queen of Egypt.