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... stabs himself. He did not die and was taken to her; she was hiding in her own tomb. Antony died in her lap and Octavian overtakes the city, including Cleopatra’s tomb. He wanted for the pharaoh to be taken to Rome as his prisoner to show off his successful battles. Cleopatra pried him to know about the fate of her son Caesarion, and she knew he was also killed. Without Octavian’s knowledge, she wrote her dying wish and has her servants bring her a basket of figs containing a poisonous asp. Her and her two servants die of bites by the lethal creature. Octavian found Cleopatra dead in a golden robe and found her dying wish; to be buried with Antony. The film epilogue reveals Octavian respected her last wish, received his warm welcome in Rome, took his new name of Augustus, and gave himself the title of emperor of the Roman Empire with its new district; Egypt.
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