In the first century BCE, shocked by the betrayal of his son, King Mithridates VI of Pontus decided to take his own life. Why did this not work out to plan?

Answer: He attempted to poison himself, but as he had previously taken small poison doses in order to produce immunity, it did not affect him. He eventually ended up ordering his bodyguard to kill him.

Source: The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor

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