Sunday, August 30, 2009
Cleopatra and her asp
Cleopatra and Marc Antony killed themselves on this day in 30 BC. She used an asp, which is a kind of snake. The date on the death certificate is said to be August 30, but that is doubtful because the month’s namesake Caesar Augustus hadn’t renamed it yet. Cleopatra was 39; Antony was 53. Cleopatra appears twice in A Book of Ages.