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Empire of the Black SeaThe Rise and Fall of the Mithridatic World$
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Duane W. Roller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190887841

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190887841.001.0001

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The Royal Court

The Royal Court

(p.192) Chapter 12 The Royal Court
Empire of the Black Sea

Duane W. Roller

Oxford University Press

Despite the vigorous military profile of Mithridates VI, he presided over a court that was typical of the era, with a large extended family and an emphasis on the arts and scholarship. About eighty personalities are known who were members of the court, including poets, artists, physicians, and scholars. The best known is the historian Metrodoros of Skepsis, who was not only his ambassador to Armenia but a polymath writing on a wide variety of subjects. The king himself was a scholar, writing on medical research and botany. He was a noted pharmacologist, and his name is still attached to certain plants and medicines. He was also a scientific gardener. Numerous artworks are known from his environment, some of which survive.

Keywords:   Mithridates VI, Hellenistic royalty, Hellenistic royal scholarship, Metrodoros of Skepsis, pharmacology, gardening

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