Embassy from Rome to Ptolemy
The Romans sent ambassadors to Ptolemy, wishing
M. Atilius and Manius Glabrio sent to Alexandria with presents
to Ptolemy Philopator and Queen Cleopatra. Livy, 27, 4, B. C. 210.
to be supplied with corn, as they were suffering
from a great scarcity of it at home; and, moreover, when all Italy
had been laid waste by the
enemy's troops up to the gates of Rome
when all supplies from abroad were stopped by
the fact that war was raging, and armies encamped, in all parts of the world except in
. In fact the scarcity at Rome
had come to such a
pitch, that a Sicilian medimnus was sold for fifteen drachmae.1
But in spite of this distress the Romans did not relax in
their attention to the war.