Orodes III of Parthia

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Orodes III
Tetradrachm of Orodes III, minted at Seleucia in c. 6
King of the Parthian Empire
Reign4 – 6
PredecessorPhraates V and Musa
SuccessorVonones I
DynastyArsacid dynasty

Orodes III (also spelled Urud III; Parthian: 𐭅𐭓𐭅𐭃 Wērōd) was king of the Parthian Empire from 4 to 6.[1] Albeit he was an Arsacid, his lineage is unknown.[2] He was raised to the throne by the nobility two years after the death of the previous co-rulers, Phraates V and Musa (r. 2 BC – 4 AD).[1] Information regarding the brief reign of Orodes III is lacking.[3] He was killed after a reign of two years.[1] He was succeeded by Vonones I.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Kia 2016, pp. 191–192, 199; Dąbrowa 2012, p. 174
  2. ^ Olbrycht 2014, p. 92.
  3. ^ Kia 2016, pp. 191–192.


  • Dąbrowa, Edward (2012). "The Arsacid Empire". In Daryaee, Touraj (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History. Oxford University Press. pp. 1–432. ISBN 978-0-19-987575-7. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019.
  • Kia, Mehrdad (2016). The Persian Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1610693912.
  • Olbrycht, Marek Jan (2014). "The Genealogy of Artabanos II (AD 8/9–39/40), King of Parthia". Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica. 15 (3): 92–97. doi:10.5604/20842937.1134333.

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Orodes III of Parthia
Preceded by
Phraates V and Musa
King of the Parthian Empire
4 – 6
Succeeded by
Vonones I