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Ariarathes VII Philometor


Coin of Ariarathes VII Philometor Ariarathes VII Philometor (116 or 111-101): king of Cappadocia.

Son of Ariarathes VI Epiphanes and Laodice (sister of Mithridates VI)
Successor of: Ariarathes VI Epiphanes

Main deeds:

  • Becomes king after his father has been killed; his mother, princess Laodice of Pontus, acts as regent
  • When Laodice marries king Nicomedes of Bithynia, her brother Mithridates VI sees himself encircled by Cappadocia and Bithynia, and intervenes: the king and queen are expelled
  • Ariarathes is now sole ruler but does not allow the return of Gordius
  • Tensions between the young king of Cappadocia and his Pontian uncle, who personally kills Ariarathes during a banquet
Succeeded by: Ariathes Eusebes (son of Mithridates VI of Pontus)
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