The Last King by Michael Curtis Ford
This is currently my favourite type of book - a well researched historical novel based on real people. It's about Mithradates, of whom I suspect most people have not heard. He was the King of a small eastern country - Pontus - who dreamed of creating a Greek cultured power to counter balance the Roman Republic (Rome was not yet an empire). He failed, of course, or more people would know of him today.
The book is well researched and the subject is interesting. I don't really like the way Ford writes - too many flashbacks and jumps in time. Ford does make Mithradates rather too heroic to seem a real person. But for once a book about this period is not written from the point of view of Rome. So overall I am enjoying it.