The contemporary mosaic shows Cleopatra taking a bath in donkey's milk
Donkey’s milk and ground snail shells were the best-selling lotions in Ancient Rome. The effective action of donkey’s milk is already mentioned by Hippocrates (460-370 BCE). Pliny the Elder, in turn, mentioned the healing properties of milk.
Already Cleopatra VII took baths in donkey’s milk to keep her skin beautiful and young. There is a legend that for one bath more than 700 female donkeys were needed.
Poppaea Sabina (30-65 CE), the second wife of Emperor Nero, also used such bathing. According to the sources, about five hundred donkeys were milked every day so that Poppaea could bathe in their milk. Sabina Poppea claimed that donkey milk has an invigorating effect on her skin.
Donkey milk: Ancient elixir of life experiences modern-day resurgence, 27.12.2014
IMPERIUM ROMANUM is in process of translation over 3300 Polish articles about history of ancient Rome. If you have the opportunity to financially support the further translations – even with smaller amount – I will be very grateful.