Battle of the Lycus

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Battle of the Lycus
Part of Third Mithridatic War
Date 66 BC
Location Lycus River, Ionia
Result Decisive Roman victory
Roman Republic Pontus
Commanders and leaders
Pompey Mithridates VI
c. 50,000 [1] c. 30,000 infantry [2] and 3,000 cavalry [3]
Casualties and losses
unknown more than 10,000 [4]

The Battle of the Lycus was fought in 66 BC between the Roman Republic army of Pompey and the forces of Mithridates VI of Pontus. The Romans easily won the battle with few losses. Mithridates fled to the Crimea and committed suicide in 63 BC, finally ending the Third Mithridatic War.[5]


  1. ^ Leach, John (1978). Pompey the Great (Routledge Revivals). New York: Routledge. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-41574-733-2. 
  2. ^ Leach, John (1978). Pompey the Great p. 80.
  3. ^ Appian Historia Romana. Book XII (The Mithridatic Wars), section 97
  4. ^ Appian Historia Romana Book XII (The Mithridatic Wars), section 100
  5. ^ Brice, Lee L. (2014). Warfare in the Roman Republic: From the Etruscan Wars to the Battle of Actium. California: ABC-CLIO. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-61069-298-4.