Megabazus

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Megabazus
Native name
Bakabadus
AllegianceAchaemenid Empire
Battles/warsEuropean Scythian campaign of Darius I
Darius' Thracian campaign
Unknown others
ChildrenMegabates[1]
Oebares II
Bubares
Pherendates[2]
RelationsOebares I (father)?

Megabazus (Ancient Greek: Μεγαβάζος) was a highly regarded Persian general under Darius. Most information about him comes from The Histories by Herodotus. Troops left behind in Europe after a failed attempt to fully conquer the Scythians were put under the command of Megabazus. The Persian troops subjugated gold-rich Thrace, the coastal Greek cities, and defeated the powerful Paeonians.[3][4] Finally, Megabazus sent envoys to Amyntas I, demanding acceptation of Persian domination, which the Macedonian accepted.[5][6] He then removed the Paeonians from their homeland and brought them to Darius in Sardis. Megabazus was suspicious of Histiaeus and advised Darius to bring him to Susa to keep a closer eye on him. His suspicions turned out to be true as Histiaeus provoked a revolt in the town he was formally in charge of and later sided with the Greeks against Persia. The successor to Megabazus's command was Otanes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.livius.org/articles/person/megabazus/
  2. ^ http://asiaminor.ehw.gr/Forms/fLemmaBody.aspx?lemmaId=7970#noteendNote_10
  3. ^ "A Companion to Ancient Macedonia". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Persian influence on Greece (2)". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ "A Companion to Ancient Macedonia". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Persian influence on Greece (2)". Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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