He was a decorated and admired Roman General, she the last representative of a divine ruling dynasty, a Pharaoh. They became lovers against a backdrop of political and military intrigues and battles against the most powerful rulers of the known world. They played their cards well in their bid to combine uncommon love and power. In the end, they were bested by the one destined to change and rule the Roman world, Octavius, later Augustus. After the defeat, nothing was left for them except suicide. Marc Antony thrust his sword into his body, as was customary among the Roman military, and Cleopatra teased an asp until it sunk its poisonous fangs in her breast. The lovers perished, the love lived on.