Cleopatra Papyrus

What an exciting, evocative, intriguing find. Her added order at the end gives one chills.

This papyrus document, signed by Cleopatra, grants tax exemption from sales of imported wine to the Roman businessman Publius Canidius, a friend of Mark Antony. The manuscript, intended for an official in the Egyptian bureaucracy, was prepared by a court scribe. At the bottom of the document, in a rare example of her handwriting, Cleopatra herself added the Greek word “ginesthoi,” “make it happen.” (Credit: Agyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung)

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