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There was a man of whom the world hardly speaks today – the ruler of a tiny state called Pontus on the southern banks of the Black Sea, in present-day Turkey. The fact that today’s history books do not afford any prominence to him does not diminish his greatness in any way.

There was a time when he was both, feared and hailed as the ‘Hannibal of the East’, a sobriquet that he earned by constantly challenging the hegemony of Rome, rendering it’s eastern reaches vulnerable and rebellious, steadily grabbing neighboring Roman satrapies.

Meet Mithridates VI (120-63 BC)……..

Mithridates VI – The Toxicomaniac (Part-1)