August 12, 30 BCE – Cleopatra Commits Suicide as Octavian Advances on Alexandria

August 12, 30 BCE – Cleopatra Commits Suicide as Octavian Advances on AlexandriaRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and cunning women in world history, Cleopatra VII Philopator ended up on the wrong side of Rome on August 12, 30 BCE, killing herself as Octavian’s legions marched toward Alexandria, the capital of Egypt. Though legend says she held an asp to her chest after learning of her lover Mark Antony’s defeat at the Battle of Actium and subsequent suicide, there is no way to know for sure. What is certain, however, is Cleopatra’s death opened the door for Rome to be the […]