Egypt's Cleopatra might be smiling at Mubarak's troubles as she remembered her own while ruling that ancient country. She was still a teenager when ascending the throne.
To rule she needed to marry her brother - and she did. He was able to dethrone her.
When Julius Caesar, the ruler of Rome, visited Egypt, Cleopatra introduced herself by being rolled from a carpet at his feet. Impressed by her audacity and charmed by her beauty, she won his affection.
Caesar drove her brother Ptolemy from power and re-installed Cleopatra as head of state. She bore Caesar a son, Caesarion. Cleopatra hoped her son would one day become the ruler of Rome. When Caesar returned to Rome he reconciled with his wife and appointed his nephew Octavian as his successor...