Lecture, October 21st: Dr. Adrienne Mayor
Mithradates VI of Pontus (134–63 BC) was one of the most colorful kings of antiquity. Hailed as a savior, feared as the Eastern Hannibal, this scientific genius and cold-blooded poisoner fascinated ancient historians and medieval chroniclers. Machiavelli studied his tactics; his last hours inspired Mozart’s first opera. After his death, Roman emperors and European royalty sought his famous elixir against poisons. Mithradates’ amazing story is told by his biographer, Adrienne Mayor. Dr. Mayor is a Research Scholar in Classics and History of Science at Stanford University, and the author of several books, including The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy, which was a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award. Join us from 3:40–5:00 PM on Thursday, October 21, in Hamilton-Smith Hall, Room 127, for “The Poison King: Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy.” Please call 603-862-3522 for further information.