Artavasdes I of Armenia

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Artavasdes I of Armenia
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Artavazd, King of Armenia
King of Armenia
Reign159 BC – 115 BC
PredecessorArtaxias I
SuccessorTigranes I
Died115 BC
DynastyArtaxiad Dynasty
FatherArtaxias I

Artavasdes I of Armenia (also called Artavazd, Armenian: Արտավազդ Առաջին) reigned as King of Armenia from 159 BC to 115 BC. He was the son of Artaxias I.

Artavasdes repelled several attempts by the Parthians to invade Armenia but was eventually defeated by Mithridates II, who annexed parts of Eastern Armenia. Artavasdes was forced to give the Parthians as a hostage the son of his brother Tigranes I.

According to Professor Cyril Toumanoff, Artavasdes I can be identified with the Armenian king who, according to the medieval Georgian annals, interfered in Iberia at the request of local nobility and installed his son, Artaxias, on the throne of Iberia, thereby inaugurating the Iberian Artaxiad dynasty.[1]


  1. ^ Rapp, Stephen H. (2003), Studies In Medieval Georgian Historiography: Early Texts And Eurasian Contexts, p. 282. Peeters Bvba ISBN 90-429-1318-5.
Artavasdes I of Armenia
Preceded by
Artaxias I
King of Armenia
159 BC – 115 BC
Succeeded by
Tigranes I