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Lifestyle of the Elite In any society the wealthy have a more civilized manner and are able to enjoy more pleasures than the common folk They are expected to be well mannered and their wealth brings them many extra riches to show off This is true in the ancient Roman society of Apuleius The Golden Ass The elite did not work all that much yet they had lots of inherited money there for having an extraordinary amount of riches They acted like sophisticated members of society showing off their riches at every chance they got hosting parties and entertaining guests An important aspect of the elites manner was they way the acted toward the opposite sex an unrelated male and female were never to be alone together Women of the elite were also only worthy of attaining a husband if they were still a virgin A member of the elite worked to earn money but not as often as the common man would have to mostly because his wealth had been inherited A man who worked for a living was looked down upon by the elite For example Thelyphion a member at Byrrhena dinner worked for a living and he was only there to give the other members of the party something to laugh about Because they did not waste all of their time worrying about obtaining money the rich had spare time to waste time to entertain guests and go to The Baths everyday p25 The rich were not supposed to worry about obtaining money and there for had an excessive amount of riches One way they spent their money was on servants or slaves A member of the elite walking down the street would be surrounded by a bunch of their slaves so as to not have to do any work on their way Byrrhena and Pythios two upper class citizens which Lucius associates with are always surrounded by attendants when they
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