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In documents written by the Greek historian Plutarch and Roman historian Cassius Dio, Cleopatra brought a snake into the room inside a pot of fig or water, but both historians were skeptical of the story. “An adult cobra, or three, might need a pot of figs or a very large pot of water. A horse is not just a horse and a best friend poster. She believes instead that Cleopatra and her maids died from a homemade poison that could be sneaked into the room or stored on the queen in a brooch or comb. One of Cleopatra’s uncles committed suicide by swallowing poison; suicide is a noble thing in the Greek tradition that her family follows.