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For the Alix comics character, see Arbacès.

Arbaces, according to Ctesias, one of the generals of Sardanapalus, king of Assyria and founder of the Median empire about 830 BC.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1] He was a satrap, who conspired against Sardanapalus, and founded the empire of Media on the ruins of the Assyrian kingdom.[2]

Arbaces or Arbaku is also the Akkadian spelling for the name of the 6th Century BCE Median general, Harpagus.


Arbaces is a character in The Last Days of Pompeii, a book by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the Pompeii Series.


  1. ^ a b c Chisholm 1911, p. 322.
  2. ^ Brewer, E. Cobham (1894), "Arbaces", Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 


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