Artabanus IV of Parthia

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For Parthian Kings and other people of this name, see Artabanus.

Artabanus IV (flourished 1st century) was a Parthian Prince of Iranian and possibly of Greek ancestry.

Surviving coins issued during his reign bear some resemblance to coins from the reign of Artabanus III. From this, Artabanus IV can be seen as a possible son of Artabanus III.[1]

He was a rival for the crown of the Parthian Empire during the reign of Pacorus II of Parthia, against whom he revolted. His own reign as King extended from about 80 to 90. On coinage, he is known as Arsaces Artabanus. Artabanus IV was strong enough at one point to support Terentius Maximus, a Roman pretender who rose in Anatolia claiming to be the deceased Roman emperor Nero. However Artabanus IV couldn’t maintain himself against Pacorus II.


  1. ^ Verstandig, History of the Parthian Empire (-250 – 227), p.293


  • Joannes Zonaras xi, 18
  • A. Verstandig, History of the Parthian Empire (-250 – 227), The Scream History Edition (Belgium), 2001
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Artabanus". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Preceded by
Pacorus II
King of Parthia
Succeeded by
Pacorus II