Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth by Michel Chauveau, translated by David Lorton. Cornell, 104 pp., £14.95, April 2002, 0 8014 3867 5

Her end is predictably murky. Octavian, so the cynical say, may well have publicly paraded his disappointment at Cleopatra's premature end, but surely he had enough guards and thugs at his disposal to have prevented her death had he really wanted to. You don't need to go so far as to argue - and Chauveau does not, though others have - that Octavian actually had her murdered; simply that he did nothing to stand in the way of her suicide, or perhaps encouraged it. For, defeated or not, Cleopatra was too hot to handle. It was more convenient to have her off the scene once and for all, and certainly not exhibited, live, in his triumph.

Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and classics editor of the TLS. Her books include a Life of Jane Ellen Harrison and The Parthenon.

Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth by Michel Chauveau, translated by David Lorton. Cornell, 104 pp., £14.95, April 2002, 0 8014 3867 5

Her end is predictably murky. Octavian, so the cynical say, may well have publicly paraded his disappointment at Cleopatra's premature end, but surely he had enough guards and thugs at his disposal to have prevented her death had he really wanted to. You don't need to go so far as to argue - and Chauveau does not, though others have - that Octavian actually had her murdered; simply that he did nothing to stand in the way of her suicide, or perhaps encouraged it. For, defeated or not, Cleopatra was too hot to handle. It was more convenient to have her off the scene once and for all, and certainly not exhibited, live, in his triumph.

Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and classics editor of the TLS. Her books include a Life of Jane Ellen Harrison and The Parthenon.

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