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The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy

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by Adrienne Mayor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691126836

ISBN-13: 9780691126838

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Machiavelli praised his military genius. European royalty sought out his secret elixir against poison. His life inspired Mozart's first opera, while for centuries poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic tales of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious death. But until now no modern historian has recounted the full story of Mithradates,

Overview

Machiavelli praised his military genius. European royalty sought out his secret elixir against poison. His life inspired Mozart's first opera, while for centuries poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic tales of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious death. But until now no modern historian has recounted the full story of Mithradates, the ruthless king and visionary rebel who challenged the power of Rome in the first century BC. In this richly illustrated book—the first biography of Mithradates in fifty years—Adrienne Mayor combines a storyteller's gifts with the most recent archaeological and scientific discoveries to tell the tale of Mithradates as it has never been told before.

The Poison King describes a life brimming with spectacle and excitement. 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 his enemies, he envisioned a grand Eastern empire to rival Rome. After massacring eighty thousand Roman citizens in 88 BC, he seized Greece and modern-day Turkey. Fighting some of the most spectacular battles in ancient history, he dragged Rome into a long round of wars and threatened to invade Italy itself. His uncanny ability to elude capture and surge back after devastating losses unnerved the Romans, while his mastery of poisons allowed him to foil assassination attempts and eliminate rivals.

The Poison King is a gripping account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691126838
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................xi
Dramatis Personae....................xv
Time Line....................xix
Acknowledgments....................xxi
Introduction....................1
1. Kill Them All, and Let the Gods Sort Them Out....................13
2. A Savior Is Born in a Castle by the Sea....................27
3. Education of a Young Hero....................43
4. The Lost Boys....................73
5. Return of the King....................96
6. Storm Clouds....................123
7. Victory....................147
8. Terror....................169
9. Battle for Greece....................188
10. Killers' Kiss....................214
11. Living Like a King....................236
12. Falling Star....................262
13. Renegade Kings....................288
14. End Game....................315
15. In the Tower....................347
Appendix One....................371
Appendix Two....................377
Notes....................381
Bibliography....................421
Index....................435

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The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid historicap read of this great leader of Gaul in antiquity, and the successful capture by Rome.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
Truly this is a most frustrating book. All the elements are there to have made this definitive, but the actual historical facts are engulfed by much extrapolation and speculation (as Miss Mayor does state to her credit at the begining). That is a single weakness, but not the only one. Several inexplicable word choices leave one scratching ones head. The term "pizzaface" would have stopped me from my purchase if I had known it was waiting to jump out like a hobo at a wedding. The continual mental gymnastics that the author employs in maintaining the moral and ethical superiority of the Poison King over the Roman Republic is repulsive and intellectually dishonest. There are also smattering references to military conflicts which have no relation at all to the book. At its core, everything was present for a fine history, but for lack of historical perspective and editors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy and fun to read!
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