Vonones II

Vonones II: Arsacid king of the Parthian Empire (r.51 CE).

Vonones II

In 51 CE, king Gotarzes II died. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the Parthian ruler died of an illness,note although Josephus writes that he was assassinated.note In any case, the new ruler was a man named Vonones II. Tacitus has only this to say:

Vonones, then viceroy of Media, was called to the throne. No successes and no reverses entitled him to mention: he completed a short, inglorious and perfunctory reign, and the Parthian empire devolved upon his son Vologases.note

Towards the end of 51, the reign of Vologases I had began.


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).

This page was created in 2019; last modified on 29 April 2019.