The story of Mithradates, oriental despot, King of Pontus in the first century BC, is an extraordinary and memorable one: unique among his ruling contemporaries, all of whom died young, he survived triumphantly into old age; and almost unique among the great autocrats of history he remained uncorrupted by absolute power. He came to the throne, amid a pattern of family murders but his most dangerous enemy throughout his life was Rome whose aggression at one point drove him from his native land. At 20 he was a ruthless tyrant, at 40 a libertine and by the age of 68 he was a daring leader and a disciplined and heroic warrior. In this brilliant book Alfred Duggan sets the Mithradates saga with complete actuality against its tortuous Eastern background.
Used availability for Alfred Duggan's He Died Old
November 1974 : UK Hardback
July 1976 : UK Paperback