The Roman Republic before the Mithridatic Wars, c. 90 BCE

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Simeon Netchev
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published on 13 February 2024
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A map illustrating the geopolitical landscape in the Mediterranean on the eve of the Mithridatic Wars (88 - 63 BCE). The aftermath of the Punic Wars had left Rome the dominant power in the Mediterranean - with Roman rule extending from the Iberian Peninsula to the North African coast, the Aegean, and beyond. Roman military expeditions had successfully fought past Rome's immediate neighbors, propelling the ambitious city-state into a global superpower of almost unimaginable reach and influence. This newfound hegemony was not left unchallenged by expansionist adversaries like King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Additionally, the Mediterranean was plagued by a surge of piracy, long a menace to maritime trade routes vital for Rome's economic prosperity. These bands of pirates, operating as quasi-independent entities, miniature states in their own right, posed a significant threat to commerce and stability, undermining Roman authority in the region.

Special thanks to Joel Bellviure for sharing his knowledge and critical input.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2024, February 13). The Roman Republic before the Mithridatic Wars, c. 90 BCE. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/18467/the-roman-republic-before-the-mithridatic-wars-c-9/

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Netchev, Simeon. "The Roman Republic before the Mithridatic Wars, c. 90 BCE." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Feb 2024. Web. 24 Apr 2024.

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