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The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  656 Ratings  ·  27 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 2004)
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John Nellis
Apr 01, 2014 John Nellis rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok
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
-Homenaje a los vencidos, los que no pueden escribir la historia.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Antioco IV descubre que el poder de Roma va más allá de sus legiones, una lección que sirve de aprendizaje pero también de acicate para su nieto, el rey Mitrídates VI Eupátor El Grande de El Ponto, cuyo hijo Farnaces nos narra sus recuerdos del decidido enemigo de la Antigua Roma, pero también del hombre que había detrás del monarca, a la vez que nos habla de él mismo.

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Dec 20, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
The Last King by Michael Curtis Ford is about Mithridates Eupator VI, King of Pontus and hated enemy of the late Roman Republic. Mithridates was a fascinating character who doesn't receive as much attention due to being on the losing side of history. Mithridates is most famous for two things nowadays: 1) his paranoia of being assassinated, specifically by poison, which he countered by drinking the famous "Mithridate" antidote draught 2) for enforcing a massacre of Romans and Italians living in h ...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
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
Sep 07, 2012 William rated it really liked it
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
Jarrod Zhang
Jun 18, 2016 Jarrod Zhang rated it liked it
Despite having read this book nearly a decade ago, I can still vividly recall Mithridates's courage, ambitions, and sexual escapades while facing a much stronger adversary. It was fortunate that I read The Last King while being obsessed with the video game, Rome: Total War. I was provided with a wealth of new ideas to try out. I suppose a book like this will be difficult to recommend to mature adults. However, such a book should be easily recommended to an adventurous and imaginative teen.
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.
Marcos Nieto
Dec 18, 2015 Marcos Nieto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Empecé a leer esta novela con pocas garantías de llegar a terminarla; un libro largo, sobre un reino del cual no conocía gran cosa. Pasados los primeros capítulos, y ya bien metido en la trama, sentí con total seguridad, que estaba ante un magnífico libro...

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Nov 13, 2015 David rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that I never finished the book. It seems like it should be an interesting story, but I couldn't get into it. After forcing myself to read halfway through, I finally gave up. The events taking place seem like they should be interesting, but something about the way it is written makes it hard to care.
Feb 22, 2013 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 10, 2016 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good historical fiction using the life of Mithridates the Great, Rome's greatest enemy during the late Republic. Told from the perspective of his son, Pharnaces, it does a very good job of telling the story of his life from his rise to his downfall. If you enjoy the period, you'll enjoy the book.
Michael Alan Grapin
Nov 24, 2014 Michael Alan Grapin rated it really liked it
There are battle scenes aplenty complete with grisly depictions of archaic methods of war, but it's the personal life of Mithridates as related by his adoring son, Pharnaces, that really held my interest. To say that these characters ripped from the pages of history are larger than life would be something of an understatement.
Dec 06, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 29, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
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.
Joel Mitchell
Jan 17, 2016 Joel Mitchell rated it it was ok
I enjoyed learning about a fascinating historical person I hadn't heard of before (Mithridates the Great). However, his character was so obviously exaggerated that it really brought down the whole book.
Karolinde (Kari)
Sep 30, 2009 Karolinde (Kari) rated it it was ok
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.
Allen Bagby
Jan 19, 2013 Allen Bagby rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 30, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
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.
Oct 10, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 04, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 09, 2012 Miko rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 10, 2013 Magica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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