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Artabazos of Characene

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Artabazos of Characene

Artabazos I of Characene was a king of Characene, a vassal state of the Parthians,< His short reign lasted only from 49/48-48/47 BC.

Like most kings of Characene, he is known only from numismatic sources,

A unique tetradrachm, is dated DXS (48-47 b.c.) and displays on the reverse an extended Greek inscription basileōs artabazo theopatoros aytokratoros sōtēros philopatoros kai philellēnos translates “of the king Artabazes, of divine descent, ruler in his own right, the deliverer, who loves his father and the Greeks” The square arrangement of this epithet spaced around a typical Greek Heracles, is copied from the conventional style of contemporary Parthian coinage.

Although his name is Persian in origin he appears to have been hellenised as, like his predecessor, his coin described him as Soter(savoir) .

He is perhaps also mentioned by Lucian (Macrobii, 15). According to him he was 86 years when came to power.

References

Artabazos of Characene Wikipedia


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