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Originally posted by ShadowXIX
Its highly unlikely that she killed herself with a asp. Because that species does not live in Egypt and never has. There is good reason for Cleopatra’s snake being called an asp: the name asp used to be a general term for any kind of venomous snake, in much the same way that the word serpent is used to describe any snake.
Also its not likely anybody would use that snake for suicide as their bites are not often fatal; moreover, the effects are painful and messy. On the other hand, the biting cobra injects venom that interferes with the action of nerves and muscles. Death is quick and relatively painless. Scientists and scholars believe the snake that caused the death of Cleopatra was actually the Egyptian cobra, Naja haje.
Now you are just making up stories. I have it on good authority that nonatesticulus the eunuch, was the only witness. Perhaps there is more to this story than we know.
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
I wuth there.
There wuth no athathin, the athp wuth held by Cleo's own hand unto her breaththt, and the fangth tranthmitted the athp's poithon with a minimum of futh.
It wuth all over quickly.
There wuth no conthpirathy, it wuth all ath Thshthakeththpeare wrote it later. There never ith a conthpirathy, it ith alwayth ath the town crierth report it.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
You're missing the point of using a snake. They were sacred for egyptians and they believed that a death by a snake bite will immortalize them.
Anyone have more detailed info on this snake believe?