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title of the native king of Cilicia,
whose palace was at Tarsus. The Luwian word suuannassai means "belonging
to the dog", a title that is well attested although its meaning remains
unclear. Three leaders with this name are known.
of Halicarnassus (fifth century BCE), Syennesis
of Cilicia and Labynetus of Babylon
negotiated a peace treaty between king king Alyattes
of Lydia and
War broke out between the two countries and continued for five years, during which both the Lydians and Medes won a number of victories. On one occasion they had an unexpected battle in the dark, an event which occurred after five years of indecisive warfare. The two armies had already engaged and the fight was in progress, when the day was suddenly turned into night. [...] Both Lydians and Medes broke off the engagement when they saw this darkening of the day; they were more anxious than they had been to conclude peace, and a reconciliation was brought about by Syennesis, a Cilician, and Labynetus of Babylon, who were the men responsible both for the pact to keep the peace and for the exchange of marriages between the two kingdoms. They persuaded Alyattes to give his daughter Aryenis to Astyages, son of Cyaxares - knowing that treaties seldom remain intact without powerful sanctions.This is all that is known about this first Syennesis. We do not even know his real name. The Labynetus mentioned in this fragment probably is the later king of the Babylonian Empire, Nabonidus (ruled 556-539). The solar eclipse can be dated on 28 May 585 BCE.
Babylonian chronicle that refers to a campaign of king Neriglissar in 557/556 (ABC 6). He must have been the son of Syennesis I and will have used the same title, although this is not mentioned. Although the Babylonian army reached Cilicia and crossed the Taurus mountain range, Appuašu was not defeated.
It is possible that Neriglissar attacked Cilicia because Appuašu was a vassal king of the Median empire, the rival of Babylonia. We can not be certain about it. When the Medes were defeated by the Persian leader Cyrus the Great, Appuašu may have tried to regain his independence, but he was unsuccesful. He probably became a vassal king of Persia in c.546, after Cyrus the Great had conquered Croesus of Lydia.
Xerxes' invasion of Greece (480 BCE). He married his daughter to Pixodarus, a Carian leader.
Cyrus the Younger against his brother Artaxerxes II Mnemon. This was sound policy, because otherwise, Cilicia would have been looted by the rebel army. However, after the defeat of Cyrus at Cunaxa, Syennesis' position was difficult. Most scholars assume that this behavior marked the end of the independence of Cilicia. After 400, it became an ordinary satrapy.