Ariarathes IX (Person, Concept)

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Ariarathes IX (en), Ariarathe IX (fr), Ariarates IX (es), Ariarate IX di Cappadocia (it), Ariarathes IX. (de), Αριαράθης Θ΄ της Καππαδοκίας (el)Additional labels
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Ariarathes IX (en)


Ariarathes IX Eusebes Philopator ("Pious, Father-loving"), the nine-year-old son of Mithradates VI of Pontus, was placed on the throne of Cappadocia in c. 100 BC to serve as his father's puppet. He was deeply unpopular with the Cappadocians and was soon driven out by Ariarathes VIII. The superior forces of Mithradates VI restored Ariarathes IX to power in c. 95 BC, only to have him immediately deposed by the Romans. He was restored several times between 95 and 85 BC in opposition to the Roman-supported Ariobarzanes I. Mithradates VI removed Ariarathes IX from the Cappadocian throne in 85 BC under the peace terms that ended the First Mithradatic War (89-85 BC).

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