tiny-librarian
tiny-librarian:


Two thousand and forty four years ago today, August 1st, in 30 B.C., Marc Antony committed suicide by falling on his own sword. He had suffered serious desertions among his troops the day before during the Battle of Alexandria and, despite an early victory, the desertions proved too much and he was ultimately defeated. After returning to Alexandria, he received false information that his wife, Cleopatra VII, had already taken her own life.
After he stabbed himself he was told she wasn’t really dead, and he was taken to her where she was in hiding with her ladies in her mausoleum. Unfortunately the doors were barred and the dying man had to be hauled up to her through a window. He survived for only a few minutes after he reached her, and died in Cleopatra’s arms.
Cleopatra herself would take her own life eleven days later, and their three children were taken to Rome to be raised by Antony’s third wife, Octavia. With Cleopatra’s death, and the subsequent murder of her eldest son, Caesarion, Egypt became a Roman Province.

tiny-librarian:

Two thousand and forty four years ago today, August 1st, in 30 B.C., Marc Antony committed suicide by falling on his own sword. He had suffered serious desertions among his troops the day before during the Battle of Alexandria and, despite an early victory, the desertions proved too much and he was ultimately defeated. After returning to Alexandria, he received false information that his wife, Cleopatra VII, had already taken her own life.

After he stabbed himself he was told she wasn’t really dead, and he was taken to her where she was in hiding with her ladies in her mausoleum. Unfortunately the doors were barred and the dying man had to be hauled up to her through a window. He survived for only a few minutes after he reached her, and died in Cleopatra’s arms.

Cleopatra herself would take her own life eleven days later, and their three children were taken to Rome to be raised by Antony’s third wife, Octavia. With Cleopatra’s death, and the subsequent murder of her eldest son, Caesarion, Egypt became a Roman Province.

amnhnyc
amnhnyc:

According to legend, Cleopatra (69 BC–39 BC), the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, ended her own life by enticing an asp to bite her. The snake we now call an asp (Vipera aspis) produces very painful—but rarely deadly—venom. Cleopatra was knowledgeable about poisons and their effects, having tested many on condemned prisoners. If she indeed committed suicide (some have speculated she was murdered by political rivals), Cleopatra would have selected a relatively painless death for herself, perhaps ingesting a mix of opium, aconitum (also known as wolfsbane), and hemlock.
Learn more about villains and victims in the Museum exhibition, The Power of Poison. 

amnhnyc:

According to legend, Cleopatra (69 BC–39 BC), the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, ended her own life by enticing an asp to bite her. The snake we now call an asp (Vipera aspis) produces very painful—but rarely deadly—venom. Cleopatra was knowledgeable about poisons and their effects, having tested many on condemned prisoners. If she indeed committed suicide (some have speculated she was murdered by political rivals), Cleopatra would have selected a relatively painless death for herself, perhaps ingesting a mix of opium, aconitum (also known as wolfsbane), and hemlock.

Learn more about villains and victims in the Museum exhibition, The Power of Poison. 

whats-out-there

Our discoveries in fundamental physics and astronomy over the past forty years have changed our understanding of our place in the universe in profound ways, by changing not only the questions we ask, but the very meaning of the questions we have asked.

That is perhaps the greatest legacy of modern science - a legacy it shares with great music, great literature, and great art, and one that needs to be shared more widely.

Lawrence Krauss, A Universe From Nothing (via whats-out-there)