Wealth, Aristocracy And Royal Propaganda Under the Hellenistic Kingdom of the Mithradatids in the Central Black Sea Region of Turkey

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BRILL, 2006 - History - 210 pages
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A rebellious kingdom on the margins of the great Roman Empire or a kingdom in pursuit of a wider sovereignity? In spite of its notorious political history under the reign of Mithradates VI (120-63 BC), the social and economic history of the Black Sea region constitutes an uncharted territory. This book is a first comprehensive study of the archaeological, literary, and numismatic evidence from the central Black Sea region of Turkey during the Hellenistic Period. The monetary policies of the Pontic cities, testimonial to regional unification under Mithradates and his political influence on neighbouring lands are studied in separate sections. The section on the discovery of a remarkable tomb at Amisos reveals the emergence of the Pontic cities early as the fourth/early 3rd century BC.
  

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Contents

Introduction and Methods of Analysis
1
The Hellenistic Kingdom of the Mithradatids
9
B The Life and Policy of Mithradates VI Eupator Dionysus 12063 BC
17
Wealth in the City
29
B The Hellenistic Cities of the Central Black Sea Region
36
1 Amaseia Cabeira Eupatoria Phazemon Comana Zela and the Other Settlements of Inland Pontus
37
2 Site Distribution in the Hellenistic Period
53
3 Amisos the Outlet for the Hinterland of the Kingdom of Pontus
62
Wealth and Propaganda beyond the City
121
B The Monument to Mithradates VI on Delos
134
C Portraits of Mithradates VI
146
Coins of the Bosporan Kingdom during the Reign of Mithradates VI
162
E Coin Hoards of Pontus
166
Conclusions
175
Appendix
183
Bibliography
189

4 Wealthy Aristocracy? A Tomb from Amisos
67
5 City Mints in Pontus under Mithradates VI Eupator
115

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D.Burcu Erciyas, Ph.D. (2001) in Classical Archaeology, University of Cincinnati, is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Program in Settlement Archaeology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

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