Sunday, October 11, 2009
Cleopatra’s Suicide by Snake True?
It is known that Cleopatra had committed suicide in her chamber by letting poisonous snakes kill her and two other ladies. However an Egyptologist named Joyce Tyldesley, says “…that such a scenario is next to impossible…” which apparently is “…too difficult to sustain as it leaves too many loopholes.” With this being said the snake would have to have been an Egyptian cobra, which can grow to 6 feet in length, and would have to be carried in a large fig basket. It is possible that instead of smuggling a snake into her chamber, Cleopatra and her servants died of self-administered poison, which could have been hidden in a pin or hair comb that was worn by the queen. In fact one of Cleopatra’s uncles had committed suicide by ingesting poison, which in her family, thought that death by suicide was seen as a virtue in Greek tradition. Many historians say that she did die in Alexandrian around 30 B.C, and that there is no historical evidence of a prior illness. In fact, other researchers, one named Pat Brown; say that there is a possibility that Octavian had murdered Cleopatra. As for the myth of the snake arouse because Egyptians feared, respected and worshipped snakes, making it possible that they used the snake for those very reasons. So with this all said; did Cleopatra actually commit suicide using a snake? Or could there have been other types of scenario for the cause of her death?