Assassin’s Creed: Origins in the Critique for Cleopatra – Historians call cut-scenes “Bullshit”
Cleopatra plays a big role in the story in Assassin’s Creed Origins. But just the first appearance of the Egyptian queen in a cutscene calls for criticism among historians. Permissive clothing and an insatiable sexual appetite for men at most correspond to the caricature of the real person, which was made popular by Roman propaganda.
Promotes Assassin’s Creed Originsa sexist image of women? And what about the historical correctness of the action RPG? As far as the future Egyptian sole ruler Cleopatra is concerned, full-time historians are now outbid on the new Ubisoft game. According to an article on Polygon.com, Assassin’s Creed Origins draws a caricature of the Nile queen: Cleopatra is depicted as a femme fatale in permissive, sexy dresses that show a lot of bare skin. Cleopatra flirts with male intercourse and shows a very lascivious behavior. Both her appearance in the game and her behavior have virtually nothing to do with the historical reality. At least that is what several archaeologists, Egyptologists and historians report to Polygon.
Cleopatra’s appearance in Assassin’s Creed: Origins (see review)was modeled accordingly in the style of “Roman propaganda”, which was spread by Emperor Augustus after his war with Marcus Antonius in order to bring the Roman general and his beloved Cleopatra into disrepute. The aura of the erotic temptress that Cleopatra exudes in her very first scene in the game (at a party she offers to sleep with any man as long as he agrees to be executed afterward), therefore, does not suit what the Researchers know about the real person. “She probably slept with two men in her entire life,” says an interview partner. “She certainly would not have offered to spend the night indiscriminately with strange men, she was practically a goddess, if she had sex with someone,
In the polygon article, Assassin’s Creed Origins is praised on the one hand for the fact that Cleopatra’s intellect and diplomatic skill also receive attention in the cutscenes. On the other hand, it hails for the opinion of author and experts unnecessary sexualization of the role criticism: The developers at Ubisoft Montreal rejected the idea of a historically correct representation of the Pharaonin and instead opted for a continuation of the portraits in popular western films, in which Kleopatra always through a mix of sexual attraction and political power that fascinated (male) viewers.
Of course, other historical figures that appear in Assassin’s Creed Origins do not always match 100 percent of the evidence from ancient sources. The spectacular murder at the end of AC: Origins , for example, almost certainly did not happen like it did in the game.