Ariarathes I King of the Kingdom of Cappadocia from 331 BC to 322 BC.
Ariarathes I was the satrap of the Satrapy of Cappadocia under the Achaemenid Empire from 350 BC to 331 BC, and the King of Cappadocia from 331 BC until his death in 322 BC. He was the son of the Cappadocian satrap Ariamnes I.

Alexander the Great conquered Cappadocia during his route and installed a governor there, Ariarathes somehow assumed power as the first king of Cappadocians and even expanded the kingdom by subduing Cataonia.

After the death of Alexander in 323 BC, Perdiccas appointed Eumenes as governor of Cappadocia; but upon Ariarathes refusing to submit to Eumenes, Perdiccas made war upon him. Ariarathes was defeated, taken prisoner, and crucified, together with many of his relations, in 322 BC.
Ariarathes I
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