A nice map in Italian of ancient Asia Minor in the early 1st century BC. Cilicia and “Asia” (that is West Asia Minor according to the ancient Greeks) are already Roman provinces. The Seleucid kingdom is no more an ’empire’. But most of all

note the Mithridatides’ kdm of Pontos which had become a major power in the area controlling most of the Black Sea (Mar Negro) coastline. Cappadocia is also a client state of Pontos, and Armenia a close ally.