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An ancient country of northeast Asia Minor along the southern coast of the Black Sea. Established in the fourth century bc, it flourished under Mithridates VI until his defeat by Pompey of Rome in 66.

Pon′tic (-tĭk) adj.


(Placename) denoting or relating to the Black Sea
[C15: from Latin Ponticus, from Greek, from Pontos Pontus]
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The son Of Macedonian Philip had ere these Won Asia, and the throne of Cyrus held At his dispose; young Scipio had brought down The Carthaginian pride; young Pompey quelled The Pontic king, and in triumph had rode.
2014) and the northern Pontic area (Kryzickij et al.
Scales, otoliths, vertebrae, opercula, and subopercula were used to age pontic shad (Alosa pontica) in two recent studies that included the family Clupeidae [Yilmaz and Polat, 2002; Visnjic-Jeftic et ah, 2009]), yet no such comprehensive study has been completed for the American shad.
It uses an artificial tooth called a pontic and two anchoring dental crowns.
the Pontic King Mithridates -- en route to battling an Egyptian fleet that had moved into the Black Sea -- crossed over the Bosporus, asking for help from the Galatians, with whom they had previously struck an agreement.
Here you can visit Giresun, where the Romans first discovered cherries and then spread them to the world or perhaps take a hike through the tea plantations of the Pontic Mountains in Rize.
It was of mixed ancestry (Turkoman, Persian, Azeri & Kurdish) including inter-marriages with members of Georgian and Pontic Greek nobility.
The Turkish Tourist Office has also been promoting the beauty of the Pontic Alps in the region as an ecotourism wonderland.
In the early nineteenth century, for example, most Poles identified "Ukraine" as the region around Kiev, that is, the Kiev Province of the Russian Empire (for them, Volhynia and Podolia, to say nothing of Austrian Galicia, were not part of Ukraine); many Russians, including so-called "Little Russians" or Ukrainians, defined it in terms of the area around the city of Kharkiv and east to Kursk and Voronezh, that is, the lands of the old "Hetmanate" and Sloboda Ukraine (most of which was never a part of Poland), while still others thought of Ukraine in terms of the entire region from the Carpathians to the Kuban, that is, the entire expanse of the Pontic Steppe and beyond.
For this research study, ancient mtDNA from osteological samples of Neolithic populations from the North Pontic region (NPR) of southeast Europe was extracted and analyzed using advanced molecular genetics techniques, including PCR amplification, direct sequencing and cloning of the amplification products.
Macka (Sumela), Pontic Alpes] (Villiers 1959; Sama 1982); Tunceli prov.
The majority view in historical linguistics is that the homeland of Indo-European is located in the Pontic steppes (present day Ukraine) around 6,000 years ago.