Mithridates, he died old. Housman's passage is based on the belief of the ancients that Mithridates the Great... - A. E. Housman Quotes
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Quote:Mithridates, he died old. Housman's passage is based on the belief of the ancients that Mithridates the Great [c. 135-63 B.C.] had so saturated his body with poisons that none could injure him. When captured by the Romans he tried in vain to poison himself, then ordered a Gallic mercenary to kill him. - A. E. Housman Quotes
  


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