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As we return to the rudiments, we might spare a moment to recall that it was on this date in 30 BCE that Cleopatra VII (the Cleopatra) committed suicide.  Ancient sources agree that she did herself in by inducing an asp to bite her.  But it was Shakespeare who introduced the racy notion that she poisoned herself by clasping the snake to her bosom; Strabo, Florus, Velleius, Plutarch, and Suetonius all suggest that she was nipped in the arm.

Cleopatra VII

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August 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

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