Britney Spears, Cleopatra

Britney Spears shows her pose as the Queen of the Nile.

So, maybe she's just a big fan of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: A Life, the best-selling history that Angelina Jolie has long been thought to be turning into a film, right?

Could be, but the answer's a little simpler.

"Channeling my inner Cleopatra today @ Elizabeth Arden Fantasy Twist shoot. Fragrance is out in Sept. 1st look on Path," said the star on her Facebook today.

See? Whether dancing with a snake or rating the talent on X Factor, Britney has shown a knack for capturing the public's attention—though she hasn't been doing it as long as the original Cleopatra, who's inspired everyone from Shakespeare to Elizabeth Taylor and beyond.

But hey, it's early. Give her time.

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

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