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RA 4: From Hellenistic kingdom to Roman province

At the end of the 4th century BC, the former empire of Alexander the Great finally broke up into smaller kingdoms, among them the kingdom of Pontos in northern Turkey, where Mithridates I assumed the royal titles around 300 BC. The kingdom of Pontos was extended by his successors to include not only the adjacent coastal states but territories on the northern coast of the Black Sea, reaching its greatest extent under Mithridates VI. In the 1st century BC, Pontos shared the fate of the other Hellenistic kingdoms and was annexed by Rome.

This research activity is mainly focused on the southern shore of the Black Sea. There are two major subprojects: the study of the Kingdom of Pontos (RA 4A) and of Greeks under the Roman Empire (RA 4B). Where RA 4A is concerned with the bipolarity of Hellenism versus Iranianism, RA 4B is concerned with Romanisation seen from the outside as well as from the inside: How did Rome adapt existing urban institutions for her own purposes, and how did local élites cope with new power structures in the region?

RA 4A: Kingdom of Pontos


RA 4A.1 The Pontic Kingdom (Jakob M. Højte)

RA 4A.2 Religion and cult of the Pontic Kingdom (Sergej Saprykin)

RA 4A.3 The Mithridatic Wars: resistance or retaliation? (Jesper M. Madsen)

RA 4B: Greeks under the Roman Empire


RA 4B.1 Euergesia and the development of societal structures (PhD project: Trine Madsen)

RA 4B.2 The Romanization of Pontus et Bithynia (PhD project: Jesper M. Madsen)

RA 4B.3 Greeks under the Roman Empire (Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen)

Mithridates VI and the Pontic Kingdom. Conference 11-13 January 2007

The Black Sea Centre hosts the first international conference devoted entirely to Mithridates VI and the Pontic Kingdom.

Mithridates VI was undoubtedly one of the most prominent figures in the Late Hellenistic period. Throughout his long reign (120-63 BC), the political and cultural landscape of Asia Minor and the Black Sea was reshaped along new lines.

18 invited scholars will discuss such issues as: The Black Sea Empire, the conflict with Rome, the Ephesian Vesper, the Hellenization of Pontos, new archaeological research, and the reception history of Mithridates VI

Programme with links to preliminary papers

Background paper


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