Artabanus III of Parthia
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Artabanus III of Parthia
Artabanus III
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Arsaces, Great King
Coin of Artabanus III of Parthia (cropped), Seleucia mint.jpg
Coin of Artabanus III, minted at Seleucia in 80/1.
Rival Parthian king
Reign79/80 - 81
PredecessorPacorus II
SuccessorPacorus II
Died81
FatherVologases I
ReligionZoroastrianism

Artabanus III (Parthian: ? Ardaw?n), incorrectly known in older scholarship as Artabanus IV,[1] was a Parthian prince who competed against his brother Pacorus II (r. 78-110) for the Parthian crown from 79/80 to 81.[1] Artabanus III's claim to the throne seems to have little support in the Parthian Empire, with the exception of Babylonia.[1] Artabanus III's most notable action was to give refuge to a Pseudo-Nero named Terentius Maximus.[2][1] Artabanus III initially agreed to lend military aid to Terentius Maximus to capture Rome, until he found about the real identity of the impostor.[2] Coin mints of Artabanus III disappear after 81, which suggests that Pacorus II had defeated him.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Schippmann 1986, pp. 647-650.
  2. ^ a b Kia 2016, p. 179.

Sources

  • Kia, Mehrdad (2016). The Persian Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1610693912.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) (2 volumes)
  • Schippmann, K. (1986). "Artabanus (Arsacid kings)". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. II, Fasc. 6. pp. 647-650.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Artabanus III of Parthia
Preceded by
Pacorus II
Parthian king
79/80-81
Succeeded by
Pacorus II

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