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The Poison King : the life and legend of Mithradates, Rome's deadliest enemy

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A new account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes. Claiming Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia as ancestors, Mithradates inherited a wealthy Black Sea kingdom at age fourteen after his mother poisoned his father. He fled into exile and returned in triumph to become a ruler of superb intelligence and fierce ambition. Hailed as a savior by his followers and feared as a second Hannibal by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biographies
Biography
History
Military history
biographie
Named Person: Mithridates, King of Pontus; Mithridates, Pontisches Reich König; Mithridate, (roi du Pont ;; König VI ) Mithridates (Pontisches Reich; Mithridates, King of Pontus; Mithridates, King of Pontus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Mayor
ISBN: 9780691126838 0691126836 9780691150260 0691150265
OCLC Number: 319247391
Awards: Commended for PROSE Awards: World History & Biography/Autobiograpy 2010
Commended for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2009
Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Biography) 2010
Description: xxii, 448 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Kill them all, and let the gods sort them out --
A savior is born in a castle by the sea --
Education of a young hero --
The lost boys --
Return of the king --
Storm clouds --
Victory --
Terror --
Battle for Greece --
Killers' kiss --
Living like a king --
Falling star --
Renegade kings --
End game --
In the tower --
Appendix 1. Mythic hero or deviant personality? --
Appendix 2. Mithradates' afterlife in the arts and popular culture.
Other Titles: Life and legend of Mithradates, Rome's deadliest enemy
Mithradates, Rome's deadliest enemy
Responsibility: Adrienne Mayor.
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