By Jeff Damulira
I am extremely fascinated by the history of Cleopatra. She was neglected by her father, but she was extremely persuasive and seductive to capture the heart of Caesar and Mark Anthony. Here is some examples from a particular website( eyewitnesstohistory.com)
but she was to meet Antony in the time of life when women's beauty is most splendid, and their intellects are in full maturity. She made great preparations for her journey, of money, gifts, and ornaments of value, such as so wealthy a kingdom might afford, but she brought with her her surest hopes in her own magic arts and charms.
...she came sailing up the river Cydnus in a barge with gilded stern and outspread sails of purple, while oars of silver beat time to the music of flutes and fifes and harps. She herself lay all along, under a canopy of cloth of gold, dressed as Venus in a picture, and beautiful young boys, like painted Cupids, stood on each side to fan her. Her maids were dressed like Sea Nymphs and Graces, some steering at the rudder, some working at the ropes.
Likewise, she managed to seduce and charm her way into position of power as the queen of Egypt.
Nevertheless, she was extremely generous with her money and food. She was able to share her food with guest at an lavish party, she was able to give away her dazzling golden cup to Mark Anthony. Moreover, I could remember reading a book about the history of Queen Cleopatra and how Mark Anthony was astonished to see the golden cup during an lavish banquet and Cleopatra gave the golden cup to Mark Anthony, which was a free gift. She continue to outdo her previous entertainment and generosity with Mark Anthony; to the point; Mark Anthony abandon her wife and even the second wife couldn't compete with Cleopatra, because Mark Anthony was completely bored of her and wishing to return back to Cleopatra. And, that's the power of generosity and law of reciprocity :)