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The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy | [Adrienne Mayor]

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

A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.
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A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.

©2010 Adrienne Mayor (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-11-13
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-11-13 Member Since 2009

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    What did you love best about The Poison King?

    Learning about an outstanding historical figure about whom I knew little. It also made me more aware of how hated the Romans were in the first century B.C. It is eye-opening for those us (mostly French) who only knew Mithridate from Racine's play.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poison King?

    The simultaneous killing of all Romans everywhere in Asia Minor on that day in 88 B.C. (how the Romans must have been hated for such a scheme to succeed!) . The old king battling at the end with his young warrior queen at his side.


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    I very much enjoyed the author's informed speculations that stretch the contours of documented history without cutting loose into fiction and romance. The hypothetical version she proposes of Mithradates outwitting the Romans at the end and escaping with his queen to live out their lives free of the twin constraints of office and enslavement makes for a heart-warming epilogue: we can only hope it happened in this way!

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    Tim North Providence, RI, United States 08-13-12
    Tim North Providence, RI, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting, engaging, vivid ..."

    Mayor has done a great job of piecing together the fragments of ancient history to paint a grand and vivid picture of western asia in the time of roman imperial dominance. I was drawn into the fascinating blend of political, military, and personal stories surrounding the enigmatic Mithridates and his black sea empire, struggling to assert his dominance in his own lands and his independence from mighty rome. Enough detail for history buffs and enough theatrical presentation for anyone who just likes a good story, this is one of the better historical offerings here on Audible today.

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    Richard JAMAICA PLAIN, MA, United States 08-14-11
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    "Fascinating history with contemporary relavance"

    Interesting subject matter on a historical figure that has been largely forgotten in modern history teaching. The narrator isn't great but the material is largely excellent.

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    nomen 08-08-11
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    "Interesting"

    I found the portrayal of Mithradates both interesting and entertaining. Though I must say the fictionalized "alternate ending" didn't sit too well with me, and some of the "virtual history" came out a bit forced. Overall, a great read.

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    bobvarkey 06-10-11
    bobvarkey 06-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Gripping novel"

    Well worth a buy. Gripping from the start to finish, just could not put the book down

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