Mithridates

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Mithridates
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameIranian
Meaninggiven by Mithra
Region of originGreater Iran
Other names
Related namesMehrdad, Mitradat, Mert, Mithad

Mithridates /ˌmɪθˈrɪdətz/ or Mithradates (Old Persian 𐎷𐎡𐎰𐎼𐎭𐎠𐎫 Miθradāta) is the Hellenistic form of an Iranian theophoric name, meaning "given by the deity Mithra". Its Modern Persian form is Mehrdad. It may refer to:

Rulers[edit]

Other people[edit]

  • Mithridates (Persian general) (d. 334 BC), son-in-law of Darius III
  • Mithridates (soldier) (d. 401 BC), Persian soldier who killed Cyrus the Younger in 401 BC, according to Plutarch.
  • Mitradates, according to Herodotus a Median herdsman, who was ordered to murder the future Cyrus the Great by his grandfather Astyages, but who secretly raised him with his wife Cyno until the age of ten, having passed off their own stillborn child as the murdered Cyrus.
  • Mithridates Chrestus, prince from the Kingdom of Pontus, brother of Mithridates VI of Pontus

Other uses[edit]

  • Mithridate, semi-mythical antidote
  • Mithridatism, the practice of taking repeated low doses of a poison with the intent of building immunity to it.
  • Mehrdad, Persian male given name, equivalent of Mithradata
  • Epistula Mithridatis, a letter allegedly written by Mithridates VI of Pontus (assigned to Sallust)
  • Mithridate (Racine), 1673 play by Jean Racine based on Mithridates VI of Pontus
  • Mithridates, de differentiis linguarum[...], a book with 22 translations of the Lord's Prayer collected by Conrad Gessner.