Saturday, 14 July 2012 13:33
Pontus King Mithradates VI the Great (meaning "gift of the Aryan god Mithra"), a common name among Anatolian rulers, had contested Imperial Rome's hegemony in Asia Minor. He used to take poison in small doses to avoid being poisoned by his enemies. He did not die of poisoning but after many ups and downs, Roman General Pompey defeated him comprehensively. Mithradates escaped to Crimea. Cornered, Mithradates a powerful man would not die of poisons, so he had to order a slave to kill him.