Sir Thomas Browne's Works (volume 3); Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Books 4-7. The Garden Of Cyrus…

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1835. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. Of the Picture describing the death of Cleopatra. The picture concerning the death of Cleopatra, with two asps or venomous serpents unto her arms or breasts, or both, requires consideration :8 for therein (beside that this variety is not excusable) the thing itself is questionable; nor is it indisputably certain what manner of death she died.9 Plutarch, in the life of Anthony, plainly delivereth, that no man knew the manner of her death; for some affirmed she perished by poison, which she always carried in a little hollow comb, and wore it in her hair. Beside, there were never any asps discovered in the place of her death, although two of her maids perished also with her; only it was said, two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon her arm; which was all the ground that Caesar had to presume the manner of her death. Galen, who was contemporary unto Plutarch, delivereth two ways of her death; that she killed herself by the bite of an asp, or bit an hole in her arm and poured poison therein. Strabo, that lived before them both, hath also two opinions ; that she died by the bite of an asp, or else a poisonous ointment. 8 The picture, Sfc.] " An ancient encaustic pictute of Cleopatra has lately been discovered, and detatehed from a wall, in which it had been hidden for centuries, and supposed to be a real portrait, painted by a Greek artist. It is done on blue slate. The colouring is fresh, very like life. She is represented applying the aspic to her bosom." Extract from a Letter from Paris; Phil. Ga,. Nov. 27, 1822.--Jeff. The preceding notice refers in all probability to the painting which was afterwards brought over to England by its possessor, Signor Micheli, who valued it al C1 0,1i01l. He caused an engraving of it to be executed, which...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1835. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. Of the Picture describing the death of Cleopatra. The picture concerning the death of Cleopatra, with two asps or venomo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.41 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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