Ariobarzanes III King of the Kingdom of Cappadocia from 51 BC to 42 BC.
Ariobarzanes III was the king of Cappadocia from ca. 51 BC until 42 BC.

Of Persian and Greek ancestry, the Roman Senate agreed that he was to be the successor of his father, Ariobarzanes II. Cicero, Roman governor of Cilicia, noted that he was surrounded by enemies who included his mother, Athenais.

Originally highly supportive of Pompey despite the cost, he was maintained in his position after Julius Caesar won the civil war in Rome, even gaining territory with the addition of Lesser Armenia. The liberator Cassius Longinus had him executed in 42 BC because he would not allow more Roman intervention in his kingdom.
Ariobarzanes III
Epithet: Eusebes Philorhomaios ("Pious and Friend of the Romans")
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An AR Drachm struck 52-42 BC in Cappadocia
Obverse: Diademed, bearded head of king right

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΟΒΑΡΖΑΝΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΡΩΜΑΙΟΥ Athena standing left, holding Nike on outstretched right hand and shield and spear in left hand; in upper right field, monogram; in lower left field, crescent and star; in exergue, [Θ].

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Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 0 g
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Simonetta 1b. BMC 1. SNG Copenhagen 162. SNG Tübingen 4609
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An AR Drachm struck 42 BC in Eusebeia
Obverse: diademed head right

Reverse: Athena holding spear and Nike, shield at her feet; BAΣIΛEΩΣ / AΡIOBAΡZANOΥ / EΥΣEBOΥΣ / KAI ΦIΛOΡΩM, star over crescent / HXA / IA

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Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 3.76 g

Cassius Longinus had him executed in 42 BC because he would not allow more Roman intervention in his kingdom.

S 7304 var
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An AR Drachm struck 42-41 BC in Cappadocia
Obverse: Diademed and bearded head of Ariobarnazes to right

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΟΒΑΡΖΑΝΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΡΩΜΑΙΟΥ / Athena standing left, holding Nike, spear, and shield; star and crescent to left, monogram to right, IA (date) in exergue.

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.54 g
No notes for this coin
HGC 7, 853. Simonetta 3a or 3b