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Title: Asia 88 BC
Subtitle: A Landmark in Genocide History
Author(s): COURTIEU, Gilles
Journal: Anatolica
Volume: 45    Date: 2019   
Pages: 29-41
DOI: 10.2143/ANA.45.0.3287000

Abstract :
The aim of this article is to provide an explanation to the infamous slaughter of the Romans in the province of Asia, in 88 BC, when all Roman citizens and their families were annihilated, in a single day, without any exception. My aim is to prove that the reason of this extreme act was not some erratic form of behaviour by the king Mithridates VI, but a result of his zoroastrian way of thinking, framed by an eschatological doctrine about a cosmic fight against Evil, represented in that case by Rome, and various devils, the Romans, to be eliminated all without exception, at the same time, as in a ritual.

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