Sandra Ventris reads part 15 of Cleopatra by Jacob Abbott, produced
by Nigel Killick.
Of all the beautiful women of history, none has left us such
proofs of her charms as Cleopatra, for the tide of Rome's destiny,
therefore, that of the world, turned aside because of her beauty.
Caesar, whose legions trampled the conquered world from Canopus to
the Thames, capitulated to her, and Mark Antony threw a fleet, an
empire and his own honor to the winds to follow her to his
destruction. Disarmed at last before the frigid Octavius, she found
her peerless body measured by the cold eye of her captor only for
the triumphal procession, and the friendly asp alone spared her
Rome's crowning ignominy.
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