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February 26, 2006

Claim, Data, Warrant

Article: Kinghorn -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Claim: The time it took for Cleopatra to die determined the number of asps it took to kill her. Historians and poets have differed over the number while in fact it was three cobras, no more.

Data: "The shortest period required for death to supervene following a bite from the Egyptian cobra is fifteen minutes though a healthy victim might survive for several hours."
Also written in the footnotes;
"Egyptian cobra carries one gram of toxic venom......sufficient of killing 165 persons."

Explanation: The amount of venom put into Cleopatra's body had to be more than one gram because she died within moments of being biten. It says two cobras bit her; one on her arm and the other on her breast applied by Cleo and one done by Charmian. Shakespeare indicates three. This concludes that the correct amount of cobras is indeed three. Just the right amount of venom and would equal out to the right amount of time to kill her.

Posted by Denamarie at February 26, 2006 08:43 PM

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