Spalirises

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Coin of Spalirises with Azes (50–47 BCE).
Obv:Spalirises in armour on a horse. Greek legend BASILEUS MEGALOU SPALIRISOU "Great king Spalirises".
Rev: Zeus holding thunderbolt. Kharoshthi legend.
Spalirises as King of Kings.Obv King walking left with axe within Greek legend “ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΟΝΩΝΟΥ” "Great king of kings Vonones"
Rev' Enthroned Zeus making a blessing gesture. Kharosthi legend Mahatasa dhramikasa Spalarasa "Great follower of the Dharma Spalirises".
King Spalirises standing in armour. From his coins [1] and [2]. He holds the ankus in his right hand.

Spalirises (50–47 BCE) was an Indo-Scythian "Great king" of the 1st century BCE. He was the brother of Vonones (some of his coins explain he was "Brother of the king"), and probably identical with Spalahores.

The territories of Spalarises were apparently absorbed by Azes I, his successor, who appears on the reverse on some of his coins.

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References[edit]

  • The Shape of Ancient Thought. Comparative studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies by Thomas McEvilley (Allworth Press and the School of Visual Arts, 2002), ISBN 1-58115-203-5.
  • The Greeks in Bactria and India, W.W. Tarn, Cambridge University Press.

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Preceded by
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  1. ^ From the dated inscription on the Rukhana reliquary
  2. ^ An Inscribed Silver Buddhist Reliquary of the Time of King Kharaosta and Prince Indravarman, Richard Salomon, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 116, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1996), pp. 442 [3]
  3. ^ A Kharosthī Reliquary Inscription of the Time of the Apraca Prince Visnuvarma, by Richard Salomon, South Asian Studies 11 1995, Pages 27-32, Published online: 09 Aug 2010 [4]