The suicide of Cleopatra: Cleopatra is standing next to her bed holding the asp in her left hand

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The suicide of Cleopatra: Cleopatra is standing next to her bed holding the asp in her left hand. Line engraving by N Mire after JB Wicar after G Reni, 1788. Cleopatra VII (69 BC-30 BC), Egyptian Queen, lover of Julius Caesar and later the wife of Mark Antony. After the Roman armies of Octavian (the future Emperor Augustus) defeated their combined forces, Antony and Cleopatra killed themselves, and Egypt fell under Roman domination. Rather than be dragged through the city in which she had been borne as a queen, she killed herself, possibly by means of an asp, symbol of divine royalty. Created 1788. Suicide. Contributors: Guido Reni (1575–1642); Jean-Baptiste Joseph Wicar (1762–1834); Le Mire, Noël (1724–1801). Work ID: g5mxd3af.

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