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Death of Cleopatra by ThornErose Death of Cleopatra by ThornErose
THis is an entry for :iconjasmineshadowblade: Cleopatra and egypt contest.

CLEOPATRA’S death is one of the most famous ever. After arranging Antony’s funeral, she and her children were taken prisoners but were treated in a good way. Cleopatra afraid of being humiliated decided to take her life.
She would not live this way, so she had an asp, which was an Egyptian cobra, brought to her hidden in a basket of figs. She arranged a big delicious meal and asked for figs.
When the guards entered to see Cleopatra she was already dead. They found the 39-year old queen dead on her golden bed, with her maid Iras dying at her feet. Her other maid, Charmion, was weakly adjusting Cleopatra's crown, and she too fell over dead. Two pricks were found on Cleopatra's arm, and it was believed that she had allowed herself to be bitten by an asp (a kind of poisonous snake). As she had wished, she was buried beside Antony.
She died on August 12, 30 BC at the age of 39. The Egyptian religion declared that death by snakebite would secure immortality. With this, she achieved her dying wish, to not be forgotten. The only other ruler to cast a shadow on the fascination with Cleopatra was Alexander who was another Macedonian. After Cleopatra's death, Caesarion was strangled and the other children of Cleopatra were raised by Antony's wife, Octavia.

Her death was the mark of the end of the Egyptian Monarchs. The Roman Emperors came into to rule in Egypt. The Ptolemies were Macedonian in decent, but ruled as Egyptians, as Pharaohs. Cleopatra was the last pharaoh; after her death Egypt became a Roman province. Because Caesarion was Julius Caesar's son and might pose a threat to Octavian's power, Octavian had the boy strangled by his tutor. Cleopatra's other children were sent to Rome to be raised by Octavia. Cleopatra Selene married King Juba II of Mauretania and had two children, Ptolemy and Drusilla. No one knows what happened to Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelphus.

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TheMysteriousPoet Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's Alexandrios and he died of poison at age 16.he was also Cleopatra VII Selene's twin. Ptolemy died of a fever at age 9. Cleopatra VII Selene did marry Juba, but had one son and TWO daughters, in which they really don't know the names of cuz women weren't important in society. their son's name is Ptolemy, after her little brother.
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angelbt54 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
boy your take on Cleopatra's history is really confused. check out the facts at wikipedia. there is no way she had
anything to do with Alexander, seeing as how he lived 300 years before she was born. She was famous for all the
sex she had (with the Roman conquerors, and even her younger brother who was ten when he became the pharaoh
and she was around 17. she eventually engineered his death, probably because his penis was too small for her
already over worked vagina.
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miketakespictures Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Beautiful, awesome! It makes a part of history visible to us, the background in the picture is also breathtaking :) Good also the historical background informations you put under it, very well done, great artwork! :clap:
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist
thank you :) it was fun to do.
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miketakespictures Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
that´s the most important!! And with a great result! :)
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fantasydreamer59 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Beautiful!
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist
thank you :)
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fantasydreamer59 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
You're welcome.
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NyteChyld99 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Love the picture and how you added the background story. Congrat's on getting second in the contest too. :)
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butchen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
great work I just love the look of it all
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Hobbyist
:) thank you
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MelimeAlasse Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Nice picture. I really like the background.

How accurate is the history you've found, specifically the bit about what happened to her children? I've wondered for a while, but I've never been able to find anything concrete that stated what happened to them. What's your source?
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Hobbyist
worry not it was not just Wikpedia or something, I looked at about 30 something sites and what a majority of them said I believed, also my GF the one whos running the contest had a book about her and knows much history, so she was saying the bit about her kids was accurate, but no one knows for sure really. I guess theres just some things in history that were not suppose to know totally. I think one of her daughters married a roman ruler and was "queen of rome" for a while or so :). I think its pretty accurate but whos to say. Thanks for the comment hon. :) Ill look around some more and make sure its ok.
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Lovely work, Hon. Best of luck to you. :)
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist
thank you hon, great job on yours also, good luck in the contest :) :hug:
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Thank you so much. :hug:
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic! beautiful! :heart:
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist
thank you :)
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Opalseadragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous baby, and the description is fantastic, I learnt stuff I had never known :D :glomp:

Love and blessings
Mum
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist
yea :), I had to read alot of things to find that stuff out ^_^ and I had alot of tweeking to do with that pic :hug: but it turned out fine.
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Aral3D Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!!!:clap:
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist
thanks hon :)
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jasmineshadowblade Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Love it, hon. This is great. Absolutely beautiful. Great job on the history as well. Good luck, baby. :love: :kiss: :hug: Er, better make that a huge POUNCE with lots and lots and lots of snuggling, :kiss:, and oh so much more. :p
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Ahh!! That was my other idea! lol.. but you did it better.. so I suppose I might have to back off..lol

Man this looks fantastic! Love the colors you chose and awesome work "creating" her tomb.. none too shabby chica! and man.. that snake really truly creeps me out..lol
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist
cool, you can still try it if you want :) :P I wish my wife would give back the phone for a little *glares at her*
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
*cackles*
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist
heh Im sure after last night your bound to think were nuts :P...though I wouldnt mind calling ya again sometime, probaly not tonight cause we have to go to brookes moms house sometime to get "trip" stuff.
:P I kept sitting there going...hrm I wonder if brookes going to give the phone back anytime soon LOL
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Nah.. I'm at LEAST as nuts as the pair of you.. I'm just more sneaky about it..lol

And yeah, any time.. just be aware that I'll be doing the 9-5 thing on weekdays! lol *hug*
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ThornErose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist
thats fine :), so does brooke lol...for the most part :)
I kept hopeing you woudlnt think I was this overly pervy person, as stated im just sarcastic and blunt about anything pretty much :P lol
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
*grin* it works..lol
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