Pliny tells the following story: Cleopatra, to outdo Antony's extravagance, wagered with him that she would spend a sum equivalent to L. 1,000,000 upon one dinner, when her lover ridiculed the banquet as in nothing coming up to her promise. She replied that it was merely an adjunct to the grand dish; and, wearing in her ears the two finest pearls then known, of the value above mentioned, she threw one of them into a vessel of the strongest vinegar set before her, and, as it dissolved immediately, she drank it uP. The fellow to it was about to share its fate, when L. Plancus, who had been appointed umpire in the matter, seized it, declaring that Antony had lost. This pearl, on for the ears of the Venus in the Pantheon, "The goddess," remarks Pliny, "being well satisfied with half of their dinner." [Pp. 27-28.]
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