The Sixth Great Oriental Monarchy: Or, the Geography, History, & Antiquities of Parthia

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CHAPTER X.

Dark period of Parthian History. Doubtful Suceession of the Monarchs. Accession, of Sanatraces, ab. B.C. 76. Position of Parthia duriny the Mithridatic Wars. Accession of Phraates III. His Relations with Pompey. His Death. Civil War between his two sons, Mithridates and Orodes. Death of Mithridates.

'Varia complurium regum in Parthis successione imperium accepit Orodes.'

Trog. Pomp. Epit. lib. xlii.

THE successor of Mithridates II. is unknown. It has been argued, indeed, that the reigns of the known monarchs of this period would not be unduly long if we regarded them as strictly consecutive, and placed no blank between the death of Mithridates II., and the accession of the next Arsaces whose name has come down to us.1 Sanatrœces, it has been said, may have been, and may, therefore, well be regarded as, the successor of Mithridates. But the words of the epitomiser of Trogus, placed at the head of this chapter, forbid the acceptance of this theory. The epitoiniser would not have spoken of 'many kings' as intervening between Mithridates II. and Orodes, if the number had been only three. The expression implies, at least, four or five monarchs; and thus we have no choice but to suppose that the succession of the kings is here imperfect,2 and that at least one or

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1
Clinton, Fasti Romani, vol. ii. p. 245, note 1.
2
The known kings between Mithridates II. and Orodes are three only -- viz., Sanatrceces, Phraates III., and Mithridates III. The succession of these three and of Orodes to Mithridates III. is certain. Thus the only possible gap is between Mithridates II. and Sanatrœces.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations *
  • A History of Parthia. 1
  • Chapter II 15
  • Chapter III 29
  • Chapter IV 52
  • Chapter V 69
  • Chapter VI 84
  • Chapter VII 96
  • Chapter VIII 111
  • Chapter IX 123
  • Chapter X 137
  • Chapter XI 150
  • Chapter XII 182
  • Chapter XIII 197
  • Chapter XIV 217
  • Chapter XV 249
  • Chapter XVI 262
  • Chapter XVII 287
  • Chapter XVIII 299
  • Chapter XIX 319
  • Chapter XX 333
  • Chapter XXI 348
  • Chapter XXII 371
  • List of Authors and Editions - Quoted in the Notes. 431
  • Index. 435
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