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Laodice (in Greek Λαοδικη) was a sister of the king of Pontus Mithridates Eupator (120 - 63 BC) and the wife of Ariarathes VI (130– - 116 BC), king of Cappadocia. After the death of her husband, who was assassinated by Gordius, at the instigation of Mithridates, in order to avoid a similar fate for herself and her two sons, she threw herself into the arms of Nicomedes II, king of Bithynia, whom she married, and put in possession of Cappadocia. After the death of her son, she joined with Nicomedes in the attempt to establish an impostor upon the throne of Cappadocia, and even went to Rome to bear witness in person that she had had three sons by Ariarathes; notwithstanding which, the claim of the pretender was rejected by the senate.1


Smith, William (editor); Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Laodice (13)", Boston, (1867)


1 Justin, Epitome of Pompeius Trogus, xxxviii. 1, 2

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