Mithridates VI, King of Pontus (c. 134 - 63 BC), claimed Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia as ancestors. This Greco-Persian king challenged the power of Rome in the first century BC. His followers looked to Mithradates as a savior who would free them from harsh Roman occupation, taxation, exploitation, and slavery. He was feared as a second Hannibal. In 88 BC he massacred 80,000 Roman citizens, and seized Greece and Anatolia.