In May of 47 B.C., Julius Caesar left a pregnant Cleopatra, soon to bear their son Caesarion, to rout the enemy. This enemy was Pharnaces of Pontus, an area by the Black Sea in what is modern northeastern Turkey. Caesar captured Phranaces near the town of Zela. Caesar claimed he did it all in only four hours. To inform the Senate of his victory, Caesar succinctly wrote, veni, vidi, vici 'I came, I saw, I conquered'.
Pharnaces of Pontus was the son of Rome's old trouble-maker, Mithridates (Mithradates).