Statua di Cleopatra Regina d'Egitto che Dorme con l'Aspide Legato al Braccio Sinistro.VIII.
In Roma nella Stamp.a di Domenico de Rossi alla Pace con privilegio. [n.d. c.1704.]
Engraving. Plate 235 x 324mm. 9¼ x 12¾". Trimmed to plate left and right.
Cleopatra VII (69 BC-30 BC), Egyptian Queen, lover of Julius Caesar and later the wife of Mark Antony. After the Roman armies of Octavian (the future Emperor Augustus) defeated their combined forces, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide, and Egypt fell under Roman domination. Rather than be dragged through the city in which she had been borne as a queen, she killed herself, possibly by means of an asp, symbol of divine royalty. From "Raccolta Di Statue Antiche E Moderne".
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