Cleopatra died of drug cocktail not snake bite





Cleopatra did not die from a snake bite but a lethal drug cocktail that included opium and hemlock, according to German scientists.

The Queen of the Nile ended her life in 30BC and it has always been held that it was the bite of an asp – now called the Egyptian cobra – which caused her demise.

Now Christoph Schaefer, German historian and professor at the University of Trier, is presenting evidence that aims to prove drugs and not the reptile were the cause of death.



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