The love affair of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, their war together, their defeat and, finally, their suicides has been told and retold for centuries. We all have read how Cleopatra drank a large pearl adorning her left ear in white vinegar to impress Antony. History and literature also tells us that he stopped her from drinking the one in her right ear.
In fact Mark was worried that her drink may prove to be stronger than his concoction of grounded lapis lazuli, which may not boost his performance to real competetive levels.
The memory of large stores of lapis-rocks in his physician’s backyard provided some relief and confidence for the night ahead. He thought that lapis lazuli must be the most sought after remedy in Rome.