Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Mithridates
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(Μιθριδάτης/Mithridátēs, also Μιθραδάτης/Mithradátēs; Latin Mithridates, Mithradates)

A. Historical dimension

M. VI Eupator the Great (132–63 BC), King of Pontus (on the Black Sea, in the northeast of modern Turkey), was a legend in his own lifetime. His Persian name means "sent by Mithras", the Old Persian sun god. He ascended the throne around 120 BC, and reigned until his death. He was highly educated, inclined to Philhellenism [12.104–118], interested in the arts, sciences and military technologies in equal measure, and he was a master of the art of toxicology [11.]. He is sai…

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Jung-Kaiser, Ute, “Mithridates”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004680>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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