Artabanus II of Parthia

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Coin of Artabanus I.
For another ruler also known as Artabanus I, see Arsaces II of Parthia.

Artabanus II of Parthia (Persian: اردوان دوم‎) ruled the Parthian Empire from c. 126 to 124 BC.[1] The son of Phriapatius, he succeeded his nephew Phraates II and died, just like his predecessor, in battle against the Tochari - a name commonly identified with the Yuezhi of the Chinese sources, who had fled from Gansu in northwest China, via the Ili River and Issyk Kul region and then through Dayuan (Ferghana) into Daxia or Bactria, and apparently also invaded the eastern territories of Iran:

"Bello Tochariis inlato, in bracchio vulneratus statim decedit"
"During the war against the Tokharians, he was wounded in the arm and died immediately" Justin, Epitomes, XLII,2,2.

He is perhaps identical with the Artabanus mentioned in Trogus, Prologi, xli, 5.


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  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • Justin, Epitome of Pompeius Trogus, xli, 2
Artabanus II of Parthia
Died: 124 BC
Preceded by
Phraates II
Great King (Shah) of Parthia
128–124 BC
Succeeded by
Mithridates II