- an ancient country in NE Asia Minor, bordering on the Black Sea: later a Roman province.
- Also Pon·tos [pon-tos] /ˈpɒn tɒs/. the ancient Greek personification of the sea.
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Examples from the Web for pontus
Since that we are in Pontus the Danube has stood frozen three times.The Comic Latin Grammar
The King of Pontus sought there for refuge and new means of vengeance.Legends of the Saxon Saints
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Orpiment, which is termed ἁρσενικὁν in Greek, is dug up in Pontus.Ten Books on Architecture
It was a sailor from the Pontus, who spoke only his native language.Cleopatra, Complete
Marcion was a wealthy shipowner, belonging to Sinope in Pontus.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for pontus
ancient district of Anatolia, from Greek pontos "sea" (see pons).
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