Engraved plate by Tresca of the Egyptian cobra or asp. Cleopatra (69-30 BC) is said to have committed suicide by causing an asp to bite her. From the section on reptiles by Jules-Cesar Savigny (1777-1851) in 'Description de l'Egypte, ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont ete faites en Egypte pendant l'Expedition de l'Armee francaise', (Paris, 1809-1830). The book, ('Description of Egypt' in English), documents Napoleon's (1769-1821) military and scientific expedition to Egypt in 1798. Baron Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825) headed a group of the leading scholars, artists and scientists of the day who accompanied the expedition.
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