Post your coins of the Bosporan Kingdom or anything you feel is relevant! Tiberius Julius Mithridates Philogermanicus Philopatris, sometimes known as Mithridates III of the Bosporus (flourished 1st century, died AD 68) was a Roman client king of the Bosporan Kingdom. In the first century AD, the Bosphoran Kingdom comprised most of the southern and eastern rims of the Sea of Azov. Mithridates III was the first son of Roman client monarchs Aspurgus and Gepaepyris (she is depicted on the reverse of this coin). His younger brother was the future King Cotys I. Tiberius Julius Mithradates, King of the Bosporus AD 41-45, and his mother, Gepaepyris, Wife of Aspurgus. Bosporus Kingdom, probably prior to AD 41. Æ 12 nummia, 7.92 gm, 23.5 mm. Obv: ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΟΥ, laureate head of Mithradates, right. Rev: ΒΑCΙΛΛΙCCΗC ΓΗΠΑΠΥΡΕΩC, laureate, draped bust of Queen Gepaepyris, right. Refs: RPC I, 1911; MacDonald 312; Anokhin Bosphorus 331; Sear GIC 5433; BMC 13.51,5. Notes: Acquired from Beast Coins, 2 July, 2003. Mithridates III was also the first grandchild of the Bosporan monarchs Asander and Dynamis and Roman client rulers of Thrace, Cotys VIII and Antonia Tryphaena. Through his maternal grandmother Antonia Tryphaena, he was a descendant of Roman triumvir Mark Antony. Tryphaena was the first great granddaughter born to the triumvir. Through Tryphaena, Mithridates was also related to various members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. His lineage is specifically as follows[2, 3]: Marc Antony and his second wife, Antonia Hybrida (Antonia I) had a daughter, Antonia Hebrida. Antonia Hebrida and her husband, Pythodoros, had a daughter, Pythodorida in 30 BC. Pythodorida and her husband, Polemon I, had a daughter, Antonia Tryphaena, in 10 BC. Antonia Tryphaena and her husband, Cotys III of Thrace, had a daughter, Gepaepyris of Thrace (birth year unknown). Gepaepyris and her husband, Tiberius Julius Aspurgus of Sidon, had a son, Mithridates III (birth year unknown).[3, 4] Some historians believe Mithridates was the stepson of Gepaepyris.[5, 6] This is unclear. Little is known on the early life of Mithridates III. When his father Aspurgus died in AD 38, he was just a child and became joint ruler with his mother, Gepaepyris. In AD 41, after the death of Caligula, the Roman Emperor Claudius gave Mithridates the whole Bosporan Kingdom to rule and recognized him as the legitimate Bosporan King. However, in AD 45, Claudius suspected Mithridates III of plotting a revolt and deposed him from the Bosporan throne, replacing him with his younger brother Cotys I.[5, 6] Mithridates attempted to regain his throne and assembled an army consisting of some troops who were still loyal to him as well as soldiers recruited from local tribes. This army engaged in a a three-day war against Cotys I but was unsuccessful. Mithridates III asked Claudius for a pardon and to be spared from a triumphal procession or capital punishment and the Roman emperor allowed Mithridates to live in exile until his death in AD 68. He never married nor had children. ~~~ 1. “File:Bosporan Kingdom Growth Map-En.svg.” File:Bosporan Kingdom Growth Map-En.svg - Wikimedia Commons, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bosporan_Kingdom_growth_map-en.svg. 2. “Antonia Hebrida.” Antonia Hebrida - Rodovid EN, https://en.rodovid.org/wk/Person:401232. 3. “Antonia Tryphaena b. -10 d. 55.” Antonia Tryphaena b. -10 d. 55 - Rodovid EN, https://en.rodovid.org/wk/Person:401245. 4. “Tiberius Julius Mithridates.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Mar. 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius_Julius_Mithridates. 5. Sear, David R. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values: the Local Coinages of the Roman Empire. Seaby, 1982, p. 536. 6. Bunson, Matthew. Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire, Revised Edition. Infobase, 2014, p. 372.