16 comments on “Cleopatra killed by drug coctail?

  1. this finding sounds very plausible indeed. I am surprised that no one before came up with such “in your face” evidence that suggests a cause quite contrary to the general belief.

  2. Very Interesting. I have my doubts that Cleopatra looked anything like Elizabeth Taylor. It’s also interesting how fast the human race discovered drugs–obviously from eating lots of plant life. According to Ancestry.com, my 63rd great grand-father (mother’s side) was Marcus Antonius (Mark Anthony), therefore I would be related to Cleopatra by marriage. (Although, I believe that Rome didn’t acknowledge marriages outside of Rome)

  3. Great post, very interesting. I’m always impressed also by how scholars can do this sort of detective work, hundreds, or even thousands of years after the events in question. I’d agree with your previous reader it’s unlikely Cleopatra looked like Elizabeth Taylor, and I’ve even read men were more enchanted with her wit and learning than her beauty per se. But I still prefer to believe she was beautiful anyway. Love that painting in your illustration by the way. Extraordinary and even a little disturbing- the erotic allure of death in art, one thinks of Delacroix’s Sardanapolus in the same vein. Anyway, congratulations, on another terrific post. -Arran.

  4. I watched a documentary where an American forensic scientist did a bit of sleuthing about how Cleopatra died. She came to the conclusion, as your post states poison was used, however did not commit suicide. What she surmised from the evidence was Octavian murdered her and concocted the story about suicide by asps.
    I guess we will never know the truth.
    Great post BTW :)

  5. Excellent summary of Cleopatra’s death. I had read before that it was likely poison too.
    I loved the movie with Elizabeth Taylor!

  6. Hi there, thanks for the follow! I’ve just spent a semester studying spirituality in Church History covering the first 1500 years AD and found it fascinating – there is so much that we don’t get taught about those amazing centuries. I especially found the transition period of the so-called Dark Ages intriguing. I know your subject is further back than that but just thought I’d mention it! Karen

  7. First, great blog – beautiful, intelligent, interesting.

    Second, I liked this post in particular. I’ve read just about everything I could get my hands on with regard to Cleo. She’s always excited my imagination, even as a young child. The drug cocktail makes more sense than the asp, but oh, the asp is so poetic!

    As for Lady Liz as Cleo, Liz is a beauty, but as another poster remarked, doubtful Cleo looked anything like Liz. In fact, I suspect Cleopatra’s reputation for beauty had more to do with her charisma, power and intelligence than her physical attributes.

    Anyway, classy blog. I love it!

    And thanks for the follow. :)

  8. Hi I was wondering who is the copyright owner of this image, I’m really interested in using it also.

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