Two thousand and forty two years ago today, in 30 B.C., Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last Queen of Egypt, committed suicide. Having lost to Octavian’s armies, and devastated by the death of her husband Mark Antony, she knew that their defeat by Octavian would mean her being marched behind his chariot in chains during a triumph parade. She instead chose to take her own life rather than be subjected to such a fate, and is popularly thought to have killed herself with the bite of a poisonous snake. Octavian granted her final request of being allowed to be buried in her elaborate tomb in Alexandria with Antony.
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