Dialogue which will live for ever

A discussion on Facebook arising from someone having watched the Taylor-Burton ’Cleopatra’ on BBC4 reminds me that it has a wonderfully daft line when Octavian finds Apollodorus, who has poisoned himself. Octavian says, 'A strange people - their poison smells like perfume', then he hands the poison to a soldier and says 'Have this analyzed'...! Have this analyzed? in 31BC? What for - earth, air, fire and water?

But the 1933 Hollywood version (which didn’t take itself so seriously) also has two splendid lines - someone speaking to Antony: ‘You and your “Friends, Romans, countrymen”’ and, in a scene set in Alexandria, ‘Your Majesty, a carrier pigeon has just arrived from Rome’...