"The Death of Cleopatra"
110. Reclining amidst a lush field of roses and wheat, a voluptuous pagan earth goddess clutches to her bosom a serpent, symbol of earth's fecundity. The scene has been associated with the myth of the fertility goddess Persephone, but popularly evokes the sad fate of Egypt's queen. Lunette painting. Cubiculum E, catacomb of Via Latina.

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