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Coin of Meherdates, Parthian contender against Gotarzes II.jpg
Coin of Meherdates
Rival Parthian king
Reign49 – 51
PredecessorGotarzes II
SuccessorGotarzes II
DynastyArsacid dynasty
FatherVonones I

Meherdates (Parthian: 𐭌𐭄𐭓𐭃𐭕 Mihrdāt) was a Parthian prince who competed against Gotarzes II (r. 40–51) for the Parthian crown from 49 to 51.[1] A son of Vonones I (r. 8–12), he was ultimately defeated and captured by Gotarzes II, who spared him, but had his ears mutilated, an act that disqualified him from inheriting the throne.[2][1][3]


  1. ^ a b Dąbrowa 2017, pp. 178–179.
  2. ^ Bivar 1983, pp. 76–78.
  3. ^ Dąbrowa 2010, p. 34.


  • Bivar, A.D.H. (1983). "The Political History of Iran Under the Arsacids". In Yarshater, Ehsan (ed.). The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 3(1): The Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 21–99. ISBN 0-521-20092-X.
  • Dąbrowa, Edward (2010). "The Arsacids and their State". XI: 21–52. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Dąbrowa, Edward (2017). "Tacitus on the Parthians": 171–189. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
Preceded by
Gotarzes II
Parthian king
Succeeded by
Gotarzes II