I tell the tale that I heard told.
Mithridates, he died old.

- A. E. Housman

Welcome to Mithridates on the Web. This site is a spinoff of Alexander the Great on the Web. It is designed to show that many of the other important figures of classical antiquity come up short against Alexander in web presence. Thus, I have found about a thousand pages relating to Alexander and about forty relating to Mithridates. Although I haven't spent as much time looking—I've been doing Alexander for four years now—I believe the numbers are in the right neighborhood.

This site was created in January, 2000. It will be updated every few months. New entries are marked . Email feedback to [email protected]. Submissions, comments and corrections encouraged.

 All material © 1997-2004 Tim Spalding. 

Web biographies | Sources, translations | Sources, Latin and Greek | Academic | Individual topics: Places | Individual topics: Friends and Opponents | Individual topics: Poison | Art | Literature | Music | Foreign language | Mithridates-o-rama

Web biographies

Short, student-created biography. Linked to Forum Romanum.

Web Archive: A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology and Geography (1906). Presented by "Society of the Ancients" (wargaming).

Medium-length text biography associated with the Theben Tribunal Sourcebook (a role-playing game).

N.S. Gill, who works for About.com, has written a fine summary of his life.

Sources, translations

Amazon. Appian, Mithridatic Wars, in the second volume of Appian's "Roman History." Also includes the Syrian Wars, and loose change. Loeb editions feature Greek on the left page, and English on the right.

Perseus Encyclopedia. Links to ancient sources (all Pausanias). Translation and Greek text.

Ancient History Sourcebook: "Mithridates & The Roman Conquests in the East, 90-61 BCE." Translated selections from Appian and Plutarch with introductory material (Paul Halsall).

Plutarch, Life of Sulla. See also the Comparison of Lysander with Sulla (Internet Classics Archive).

Plutarch, Life of Pompey. See also the Comparison of Pompey with Agesilaus (Internet Classics Archive).

Sources, Latin and Greek

Livy, Periochae (summaries of lost books). Latin text. See especially 100, 101 and 102. (Ad Fontes)

Justin, Epitome of Trogus bk. 37. Mithridates' birth. See also books 38, 40 and 41 . (Ad Fontes)

Florus, Epitome of Roman Wars especially bk 1, sections 40-42. (Ad Fontes)

Velleius Paterculus, Roman History especially bk 2, sections 18ff. (Ad Fontes)

Frontinus, Strategemata. All four books have at least one incident.


Amazon. The Foreign Policy of Mithridates VI Eupator, King of Pontus by B.C. McGing (Mnemosyne Ser.: Suppl.89)

Individual topics: Places

Zela Catholic Encylopedia.

Web Archive: Sinop in Ancient Times by Leslie Payne Delaney (1960). Scanned by Bill Simons, who worked at the Army Security Agency station in Sinop, Turkey.

Individual topics: Friends and Opponents

Pompey from "Patheon of the World Brotherhood of Light" (nut-cases).

Web Archive: Lucullus (short biography) from "Rome of the Caesars."

Web Archive: Pompey (short biography) from "Rome of the Caesars."

Individual topics: Poison

The Herbal Tradition. "Poisons: the Foundation of Pharmacy."


Portrait head of Mithradates VI Eupator of Pontus as Herakles (from Perseus Project).

Silver tetradrachm of Mithridates (from Perseus Project).

Modern painting of Mithridates experimenting with poisons from "A History of Pharmacy in Pictures."

Web Archive: Black and white of a coin (Forum Romanum).


Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Mithridates" -- I love this. Finding it really justifies doing this site. Also here.

Clark Ashton Smith (Lovecraft-pal)'s epigrammatic "Mithridates"

James Joyce, Chamber Music 28:

Though I thy Mithridates were,
Framed to defy the poison-dart...

Novels that feature Mithridates from Fictional Rome. A short biography is also on the site.

Housman, "Terence, this is stupid stuff" concludes with lines on Mithridates. If this link doesn't work try this one.


Amazon. Mozart - Mitridate / Bartoli, Dessay, Sabbatini, Asawa, Piau, Flórez, Les talens lyriques, Rousset. With samples.

Mozart, "Mitridate, Re di Ponto." Text-heavy information.

Foreign language

Mithridates VI. Eupator, Roms gefährlichster Feind im Osten, by Thomas J. Golnik.

Turkish. Short.


Sound: "Mithridates" pronounced by experts from the Classics Technology Center, who have a brief encyclopedia-type entry.

Want to name your baby "Mithridates"? (What are you THINKING?!) Read this description:

Your name of Mithridates has created a most expressive nature, idealistic and inspirational, driven with a strong inner urge to be of service in some way that would uplift humanity as a whole. However, there is a tendency to assume too heavy a burden of responsibility for others, which leads to worry and undue concern.
Do they make this stuff up out of whole cloth?

LibraryThing: Catalog your books online.

If you enjoy this site you may like these other sites by me:

Ancient Library. My new site, with dozens of 19th century works of classical scholarship.

Alexander the Great on the Web. Over 1,000 annotated links and 200 images of the Macedonian conqueror.

Cleopatra on the Web. Comprehensive guide to Cleopatra VII of Egypt in history, art and the Western imagination.

Angels on the Web. Everything about angels, including almost 600 images from Antiquity to the present.