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Orodes III

Orodes III: Arsacid king of the Parthian Empire (r.c.6-c.8).

Orodes III

Shortly after the violent death of king Phraataces, the Parthian nobility elected Orodes III as king.note He was a son of Phraates IV and, therefore, Phraataces' younger brother. According to Flavius Josephus, his reign was as short as it was cruel, and he was murdered during a banquet or a hunt.note His brother and successor Vonones I soon found himself at war with Artabanus II.

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The chronology of the Arsacid kings of the Parthian Empire is less well-understood than, for example, the sequence of Seleucid and Ptolemaic kings or the emperors of Rome. This information is based on the researches by G.R.F. Assar, as published in "Iran under the Arsakids, 247 BC – AD 224/227" in: Numismatic Art of Persia (2011).

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