Sauromates II King of the Bosporan Kingdom from 174 AD to 210 AD.
Tiberius Julius Sauromates II was a prince and Roman Client King of the Bosporan Kingdom. He was the son and heir of the Bosporan King Eupator by an unnamed woman. Sauromates II was named in honor of Sauromates I, a paternal ancestor of his and a previous Bosporan King.

Little is known of the life and reign of Sauromates II. According to surviving coinage, he appeared to be a religious person who was involved in the worship of the Goddess Aphrodite and her cult. In 193, Sauromates II finished a military campaign against the Scythians and Sirachi tribes, and successfully defeated them. These victories are known from an inscription found in Tanais, dedicating and celebrating the King's military victories.

In order to improve the flagging economy of his kingdom, Sauromates II initiated a series of monetary reforms in 186 that, over the course of a decade, gradually reduced the weight of his bronze coinage while increasing the circulation of the golden stater. Sauromates II married an unnamed woman. From this marriage he had two sons Rhescuporis II and Cotys III.
Sauromates II
An AE Denarius struck 174-210 AD in Scythia
Obverse: BACILEWC CAVPOMATOV / bust of king right

Reverse: Aphrodite seated left on throne, holding apple. Star to the upper right

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Weight: 10.46 g
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