Cleopatra, the seventh and most famous queen of ancient Egypt, and the last of the pharaohs, committed suicide on this day in 30 B.C. She was remarkable for more than her famed beauty. Her dynasty which died with her, the Ptolemies, took over the rule of Egypt once Alexander the Great's influence had receded.
Nero was the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and he died on this day in A.D. 68. While Claudius, his immediate predecessor, brought stability and sanity back to the empire, and Julius Caeser himself made the empire great, Nero's rule was not distinguished. He was a lacklustre leader, and a persecutor of Christians. He