Ctesias’s whole history of the Assyrian and Median empires is absolutely fabulous; his Arbaces and his successors are not historical personages. But Ctesias’s whole history of the Assyrian and Median empire.
From the inscriptions of Sargon II of Assyria it is known that one Arbaku of Arnashia was one of forty-five chiefs of Median districts who paid tribute to Sargon in 713 BC. He was a satrap, who conspired against Sardanapalus, and founded the empire of Media on the ruins of the Assyrian kingdom.
Arbaces is a character in The Last Days of Pompeii, a book by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the Pompeii Series.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Arbaces". Encyclopædia Britannica 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 322.
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