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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) 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.
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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