Toward the end of Cleopatra’s reign and the end of Egypt, the Egyptians had an insurmountable amount of wealth. Cleopatra herself wasted a fortune on the famous wager that Pliny the Elder described, between Cleopatra and Antony. There were many parties with the Egyptians large budget, in which they both indulged themselves frequently. These parties were normal for Cleopatra, to have such extravagant parties almost every day. Antony told Cleopatra that the parties could not get any more extravagant than they already were, in doing so Cleopatra said she could spend 10 million sesterces on one party, and so Antony took the wager thinking it was impossible. Accepting the bet Cleopatra brought upon him 2 pearls worth over 10 million sesterces themselves. A servant delivered the pearls with a bowl of vinegar, she dissolved one pearl in the vinegar and ate it. Cleopatra was declared the winner of the bet before she could drop the second pearl in the vinegar. Egypt also funded Antony’s army to help bring an alliance between the two. Rome had its wealth, mostly in size and might however. The problem with Rome was that they were too big and could hardly affor...
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... work of nature.” Others may argue that the pearls where an omen. For it is believed that the capture of Egypt was an omen brought on by the pearls being split. As Cleopatra was brought down, so indeed was the empire that was built before her. The pearls are thought to have also brought the Roman Empire to collapse as well from the omen that the pearls carried.
The wager between Cleopatra and Antony is historic and still talked about today. The story has many underlying undertones in the story, along with the pearls of Venus, the wealth of Egypt, and the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra. Egypt was a very wealthy nation compared to Rome. The last ruler of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra, who was a cunning, smart, bilingual, and a lustful Queen who was thought to be as beautiful and divine as a god, thus making her one of history’s most influential women of all time.
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