Like ancient Rome, we're in a sea of borrowing

Cleopatra was born in September 68 BC. The same year, Pompey (who was eventually to be murdered in Cleopatra's kingdom of Egypt) finally conquered all of Spain.

4th December, 2004

Cleopatra was born in September 68 BC. The same year, Pompey (who was eventually to be murdered in Cleopatra's kingdom of Egypt) finally conquered all of Spain.

The Romans conquered Iberia for its mineral wealth. Within years,100,000 slaves would be toiling away in labyrinthine tunnels extracting enormous quantities of silver.

With Spain vanquished, Pompey the Great turned his attention to Asia. By 63 BC, he was sacking Jerusalem, having conquered all of ancient Syria.

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