The story of true love between Cleopatra and Mark Antony was dramatized by William Shakespeare and it is still staged all over the world in numerous theatre plays and movies. We can bet that you've heard about or watched at least one movie that was about their love story. The most famous one is for sure "Cleopatra" from 1963, starring Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as Mark Antony.
Who were they? An Egyptian queen, the last pharaoh of Egypt and a Roman general, they flaunted their love affair while challenging the power of Rome. Their relationship was considered scandalous and decadent at the time. However, love connected what was unimaginable, at least for a brief period of time. Their love was the one at first sight, and they were seen as "divine", to Greeks they were Dionysus and Aphrodite, to Egyptians Osiris and Isis.
However, great love demands great sacrifices. As time passed, the Romans, precisely Octavian - Antony's rival for power in Rome started gathering armies and declared the war. Octavian won in the war and forced Antony back to Egypt where he had to commit suicide in order to escape the terrible fate. Cleopatra did the same thing when she found out about the death of Mark Antony and when she got captured by the forces of Octavian. She arranged for a small poisonous snake, an asp, to be smuggled into her quarters in a basket of figs. She died from poisoning, lying beautifully in her pharaoh robes.
Until next time, yours Ms. and Mr. Romance <3