King Manisarus

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Manisarus of Corduene
Reign ca. 115
Religious beliefs Zoroastrianism

King Manisarus (ca. 115 AD) was a 2nd-century king of the Corduene, which was a small vassal state during the Roman Empire.[1][2] He has also been described as "perhaps prince of the Praetavi, whose capital was Singara".[3] During his rule he took control over parts of Armenia and Mesopotamia, and Osroes I of Parthia declared war on him. Manisarus petitioned the Roman Emperor Trajan, offering him territory taken from supporters of Osroes in return for his support, an offer which was evidently accepted.[4] Trajan also acquired the kingdom of Corduene at this time but only temporarily.[5]

Map showing Corduene as it was in 63 BC


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  2. ^ Rawlinson, George, The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7, 1871. (copy at Project Gutenberg)
  3. ^ Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin (1971). The cities of the eastern Roman provinces. Clarendon Press. p. 220. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Julian (1997). Trajan: optimus princeps : a life and times. Routledge. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-415-16524-2. 
  5. ^ Redgate, Anne Elizabeth (2000). The Armenians. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-631-22037-4. 

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