Tiberius Julius Cotys II
Tiberius Julius Cotys II Philocaesar Philoromaios Eusebes, also known as Cotys II or Kotys II (Greek: Τιβέριος Ἰούλιος Κότυς Β' Φιλόκαισαρ Φιλορώμαίος Eυσεbής, Philocaesar Philoromaios Eusebes, means lover of Caesar, lover of Rome who is the Pius one, flourished 2nd century, died 132) was a prince and Roman Client King of the Bosporan Kingdom.
Cotys II was the son and heir of the Bosporan King Sauromates I by an unnamed wife and was of Greek, Iranian and Roman ancestry. Cotys II was named in honor of Cotys I, a previous Bosporan King and his paternal great grandfather.
Cotys II succeeded Sauromates I in 123. Cotys II reigned as Bosporan King until his death in 132 and little is known on his reign. His royal title on coinage is in Greek: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΚΟΤΥΟΣ or of King Cotys. During his reign, the city of Chersonesus Taurica was under his direct control. Cotys II is mentioned in the writings of the Roman Historian Arrian and was a contemporary to the rule of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Cotys II married an unnamed woman. From this marriage he had a son called Rhoemetalces who succeeded in Cotys II in 132. Cotys II had a descendant who bore his name and ruled the Bosporan Kingdom in the 3rd century.
- Encyclopedia of ancient Greece By Nigel Guy Wilson Edition: illustrated Published by Routledge, 2006 ISBN 0-415-97334-1, ISBN 978-0-415-97334-2