Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Pontus: Galatia, Pontius Pilate, Parthia


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) an ancient region of NE Asia Minor, on the Black Sea: became a kingdom in the 4th century bc; at its height under Mithridates VI (about 115–63 bc), when it controlled all Asia Minor; defeated by the Romans in the mid-1st century bc


(ˈpɒn təs)

an ancient country in NE Asia Minor, bordering on the Black Sea: later a Roman province.
Pon′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pontus - (Greek mythology) ancient personification of the seaPontus - (Greek mythology) ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Greek deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks
2.Pontus - an ancient region of northern Asia Minor on the Black Sea; it reached its height under Mithridates VI but was later incorporated into the Roman Empire
Anatolia, Asia Minor - a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey
References in classic literature ?
He longed to see the curious table-napkins wrought for the Priest of the Sun, on which were displayed all the dainties and viands that could be wanted for a feast; the mortuary cloth of King Chilperic, with its three hundred golden bees; the fantastic robes that excited the indignation of the Bishop of Pontus and were figured with "lions, panthers, bears, dogs, forests, rocks, hunters--all, in fact, that a painter can copy from nature"; and the coat that Charles of Orleans once wore, on the sleeves of which were embroidered the verses of a song beginning "Madame, je suis tout joyeux," the musical accompaniment of the words being wrought in gold thread, and each note, of square shape in those days, formed with four pearls.
If your son write satires reflecting on the honour of others, chide and correct him, and tear them up; but if he compose discourses in which he rebukes vice in general, in the style of Horace, and with elegance like his, commend him; for it is legitimate for a poet to write against envy and lash the envious in his verse, and the other vices too, provided he does not single out individuals; there are, however, poets who, for the sake of saying something spiteful, would run the risk of being banished to the coast of Pontus.
Sometimes they will try to raise commotions, sometimes they will rob the public, and then quarrel with each other, or else fight with those who endeavour to detect them; which was the case at Apollonia in Pontus.
Quocunque adspicio, nihil est nisi pontus et aether;
He spake no dream; for, as his words had end, Our Saviour, lifting up his eyes, beheld, In ample space under the broadest shade, A table richly spread in regal mode, With dishes piled and meats of noblest sort And savour--beasts of chase, or fowl of game, In pastry built, or from the spit, or boiled, Grisamber-steamed; all fish, from sea or shore, Freshet or purling brook, of shell or fin, And exquisitest name, for which was drained Pontus, and Lucrine bay, and Afric coast.
She bare also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontus, without sweet union of love.
DSME), to delay the operating and delivery contracts of two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships - the Deepwater Pontus and the Deepwater Poseidon - by 12 months each.
The Century of Gambling" panel discussion will also feature other iGaming veterans such as Paris Smith, current CEO of Pinnacle Sports, Mark Blandford, founder of Sportingbet Plc, Pontus Lindwall, current CEO of Betsson AB and the retired CEO of Novamatic Group, Dr.
Get ready to get to know tradition a little bit more with some traditional music and dances from Cyprus, Crete, Pontus and Greece.
Arrive at your local curb to find Pontus Alv already skating it
6 seconds ahead of teammate Pontus Tidemand, who won all the seven tests on the final day to cut into Gill's overall lead.
Mohamed Zebian, innovation manager at QSTP, and Pontus All, QSTP entrepreneurship manager, gave the details of POCF and MIT's REAP at the event.