A beautiful coin of Mithridates II of Parthia

A beautiful coin of Mithridates II of Parthia, the King of Kings who expanded his rule at the expense of Seleucid lands.

In 120 BC he led a brief invasion of Armenia under Artavasdes I, but did not conquer, rather made the king accept Parthian suzerainty.

As a Royal hostage, he took Artavasdes’ nephew, the future Tigranes the Great, then a 20-year old boy, as Royal hostage.

They had a good relationship and he was treated as royalty. 25 years later Tigranes returned to Armenia to take over the throne.

After Mithridates died, Tigran inherited the title King of Kings. Why?

Listen to the live broadcast of Mer Herosner this Thursday to hear more fascinating stories and discussions revolving around our history based on coinage.

by Joseph Sarkissian

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Season 2: Episode 1: Armenian History Through Coinage with guest Dr. Joseph Sarkissian

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