IBERIA (Georgia)

Ancient region in E Georgia. Together with Colchis, the kingdom of Iberia was founded between the sixth and fourth centuries b.c. As allies of Mithridates VI of Pontus, the Iberians were defeated by the Romans under Pompey in the first century b.c. Later ruled by the Persian Sassanids, Iberia became a province of the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century a.d. See also Persia.

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