Battle of Artaxata

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Battle of Artaxata
Part of Third Mithridatic War
Date 68 BC
Location Artaxata, Armenia
Result Roman victory [1]
Roman Republic Kingdom of Armenia,
Iberian Spearman
Commanders and leaders
Lucullus Tigranes II

The Battle of Artaxata was fought in 68 BC between the Roman Republic and the Kingdom of Armenia. The Romans were led by Consul Lucius Licinius Lucullus, while the Armenians were led by King Tigranes II, who was sheltering King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Though the Romans were again victorious, the long years the army had spent campaigning, the fact that Mithradates continued to elude them and a perceived lack of booty amongst the Roman Legionaries led to a mutiny amongst the army. They refused to march any further but agreed to defend key positions from attack. Lucullus was then replaced by the Roman Senate as commander of the army by Pompey the Great.


  1. ^ Tigranes II the Great article by Jona Lendering "68: Second Armenian defeat at Artaxata"
  • An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present By David Eggenberger - Page 30