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Cleopatra's cocktail.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20213972     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pliny the Elder's account of Cleopatra consuming a cocktail of vinegar and a pearl in order to win a bet with Antony was considered credible in the ancient world, but many modern scholars have relegated the anecdote to the realm of fantasy. This paper identifies possible reasons for this skepticism, including the visual tradition of the story and the belief that increasing concentration always increases reaction rate. Experiments reveal that, in the case of acetic acid and pearls, the concentration found in vinegar made from wine is ideal.
Prudence J Jones
Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Classical world     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0009-8418     ISO Abbreviation:  Class World     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-09     Completed Date:  2010-03-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100967181     Medline TA:  Class World     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-20     Citation Subset:  Q    
Montclair State University.
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MeSH Terms
Acetic Acid* / administration & dosage,  chemistry,  history
Calcium Carbonate* / chemistry,  history
History, Ancient
Roman World / history
Reg. No./Substance:
471-34-1/Calcium Carbonate; 64-19-7/Acetic Acid
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Cleopatra Queen of Egypt

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