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Old May 15th, 2016, 08:48 AM   #1

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Good books on Mithradates?


I'm currently reading The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor, and it's proving to be a good read thus far. Admittedly, I'm not very knowledgeable about the time period or Mithradates himself, so could people give me some good follow up books to read afterwards? I feel like I should know more about this period of history, but I don't.
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Apparently one exists!

I don't know I just read the primary sources. I don't find him a very capable enemy though since most of his victories were when the Romans managed to scrounge up like 3 legions. Apparently Mithridates VI sent one of his generals to conquer Ionia at which point Julius Caesar went there from Rhodes, raised a force of Roman and Greek levies and pushed that general out of Ionia. This was after he had been kidnapped by pirates.
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Here is an online copy of what remains of Appian's The Mithridatic Wars, and Cassius Dio's History of Rome's section on Pompey's campaigns there.
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Here is an online copy of what remains of Appian's The Mithridatic Wars, and Cassius Dio's History of Rome's section on Pompey's campaigns there.
Thanks, I'll be sure to check them out.
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I have only read Mayor's excellent book, which I thought was great.
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If you want something more academic, then McGing's The Foreign Policy of Mithridates VI Eupator is worth looking at. McGing is probably the world's leading expert on Mithridates, and I relied heavily on his work for my undergraduate dissertation.

I'd also reiterate the suggestions of others in this thread, that you have a look at the primary sources, especially Appian's Mithridatic Wars. Although Appian has traditionally been criticised as a poor historian, more recently some scholars have begun to defend him. McGing has also written on the Mithridatic Wars specifically, and has argued that this is actually a very valuable and reliable work.
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It's less academic and more 'non-fiction narrative', plus it would be hard to get hold of these days considering its age, but Alfred Duggan's (an historical novelist who occasionally turned his pen to straight history) book was a good overview.

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And, for the sake of completeness, a novel on the man:

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