Mithridates VI was king of Pontus during roman times, and he was said to consume little doses of poison in order to gradually making himself immune to many of the poisons that felled his contemporaries.
Apparently and according to Appian, it worked ironically. When he had lost his power against Romans, he decided to commit suicide. He and his daughters drank poison, but only the girls died in front of the eyes of their immune father.
He had to ask a certain personal guard called Butuitusto kill him by the sword.
However, Cassius Dio said that neither by sword was he killed, but they were their foes who killed him with spears, after having consumed all his poisons.
Nowadays, we call Mithridatism
to the practice of protecting oneself against a poison by gradually self-administering non-lethal amounts
ROMULUS AND REMUS, twin brothers and founders of Rome.
Their mother was Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa. Once the twins were born, Amulius had them abandoned to die in the Tiber river. They survived - the river carried them to safety, a she-wolf (in Latin, lupa) found and suckled them, and a woodpecker fed them. The twins became leaders of a band of adventurous youths, eventually killing Amulius. They subsequently founded a town on the site where they had been saved. When Romulus built a city wall, Remus jumped over it and was killed by his brother. Romulus consolidated his power, and the city was named for him.
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