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Orophernes II


Coin of Orophernes Orophernes II (c.320): son of Ariararathes IV, king of Cappadocia.
  • In 163, Ariarathes V Philopator succeeded his father.
  • The Seleucid ruler Demetrius I Soter proposed to renew marriage ties, which Ariarathes refused to marry Demetrius' sister.
  • Demetrius now supported an insurrection by Ariarathes' brother Orophernes.
  • The Roman Senate ordered the two dynasts to split the kingdom, but in 158, Ariarathes V was restored by king Attalus II Philadelphus
  • Orophernes fled to the Seleucid Empire and was imprisoned
  • He may be the man behind the Holophernes mentioned in the Biblical book Judith.

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