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The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  478 ratings  ·  19 reviews
To the Romans, the greatest enemy the Republic ever faced was not the Goths or Huns, nor even Hannibal, but rather a ferocious and brilliant king on the distant Black Sea: Mithridates Eupator VI, the last king of Pontus, known to history as Mithridates the Great. At age eleven, he inherited a small mountain kingdom of wild tribesmen whom his wicked mother governed in his p...more
Mass Market Paperback, 414 pages
Published April 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 2004)
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John Nellis
Very good fictional account of King Mithridates the Great. As told by the point of view of his son . The book does a good job of describing Mithridates life from his rise to his downfall. It has some good descriptions of the battles and sieges he was involved in. He was a king the Romans never could seem to conquer. He became a terror like Hannibal had been to Rome. And though historical fiction , the book helps to bring the point of view of Mithridates and his son to life. A good story about a...more
Mike
2.5 Stars is about right for The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy. Mr. Ford continues, in my view, to take absolutely fascinating historical events and make them ho-hum. That is the case here for the tale of Mithradates and his wars with Rome. For example, one entire battle is described in one sentence, when Rome beats his army for the second time. Wish Ford could have "channeled" a little Cornwell for the battles. The book kindled a desire to learn more about the man and this era in Roman histo...more
Joshua Hard
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A man at the age of 21, and his empire faced the greatest enemy they have ever knowen. The Mithridates Eupator VI, the last king of Pontus. Was a evil and cunnying man will try to take over the roman empire. At the age of 11 the Mithridates Eupator VI got the small mountain kingdom of wild tribesmen. His mother ruled over it. The 21 year old man when he was a boy he had an older brother. Who was supposed to be the king of the roman kingdom. His father payed mor...more
Masen Production
“3rd Book of MC Ford... Mithridates Eupator VI, last King of Pontus. The nemesis of Rome, his hatred for Romans took him to arms against the super power and for 4 decades he kept the battle fire on. Any reference of Mithridates from the Roman era describes him as a Barbarian King. The hate was quite evident from historical records which show that every time the senate discussed Pontus or Mithridates the whole assembly would be a place braying for the blood of the King and nothing less. The great...more
William
This is a rich and wonderfully fascinating look at Mithradates the Great; a man described as Ancient Rome's Greatest Enemy. I would have thought that title was given to Attila the Hun or Hannibal, but not according to M.C. Ford. The author obviously did a tremendous amount of research in developing this fictionalized but based in fact account of the King of Pontus' life, so why had I never heard of him? Mithradates had an incredibly long reign as king, fought the Romans for almost half a century...more
Steve
Absolutely amazing story about Mithridates a King of what is now I believe Bulgaria on the Black Sea. Lived one of the most incredible lives you will ever read about. Gave the Romans absolute hell time after time after time. Why we do not learn about him in school is beyond me.
Michael
An interesting historical fiction book, though not especially exciting. I get the feeling that this one might be very accurate as to dates and places. About the Persian/Greek King Mithidates of Pontus (Modern day Turkey), who was a legendary enemy of the Roman Empire. Defeated by Julius Caesar. I love reading this stuff, but am every now and again struck by the thunderous stupidity most of human history. You will never catch me joining anybody's army.
Bill
Mithridates the Great of Pontus was, according to Ford, Rome's greatest enemy for 40 years. Although much more fiction than history, the book illustrates the restlessness that bubbled around the edges of the Roman Empire. Despite what you learned in your high school world history course, Rome was never as dominant as portrayed.
Eric
It has been 7 years since I read this book, but I won't forget that it is the only book that I have read to produce a genuine feeling that I was in a movie theater watching the book instead of reading it. You get to see Rome from an underdog point of view, and the character you get to see it through is a certified BA.
Allen Bagby
Mithridates the Great gave Rome fits. This is a first person account told by one of his sons. The man was ferocious and brilliant and the last king of Pontus, the area south of the Black Sea. He fought the romans for over forty years! A military genius who embarrassed them many times.
Karolinde (Kari)
Historically interesting, the book made me want to know more about Mithridates and his stand against the Roman Republic. Ford's writing is okay and the narration, from the viewpoint of the son, is interesting, but it was just to disjointed to really hold my attention.
Jeff
I wish I had 3.5 stars.

I liked the story but didn't like the way it was narrated, it just seemed a bit awkward to me. I'll definitely read another Michael Curtis Ford book though, so it can't be that bad.
Natalie
History is written by the victors" the author reminds us. Fantastic book about a man history has recorded as a monster. Great battles, lots of detail (but not too much!). I reallyed loved it!
Todd
This is an excellent book! I greatly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to historical fiction fans. Mithridates is such an excellent historical character far too underrated.
Michael
I loved this book. I had only seen the name Mihridates in passing. This book brought him to life as one of the most interesting warriors of history.
Magica
Θα μπορούσε να ήταν και ένα χαμένο βιβλίο ιστορίας
Αρκετά ενδιαφέρον αλλά και λίγο κουραστικό μια και περιγραφει συνεχώς μάχες τη μια μετά την άλλη
Dropcough
Mithridates of Pontus, defiance, war, betrayal, rise to power and hardships of leadership
Alexandra Kocik
Well-written historical fiction, as always from this author.
Sammcnair
About Mithridites. Good historical fiction.
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Michael Curtis Ford is an American historical novelist, writing novels about Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece. He has worked variously as a laborer, a ski patrolman, a musician, a consultant, a banker, a Latin teacher, and a translator. He holds degrees in Economics and Linguistics and lives in Oregon, where he and his wife homeschool their three children. He has also written numerous articles on a...more
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