Ariarathes VI (Person, Concept)

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Ariarathes VI (en), Ariarathe VI (fr), Ariarates VI (es), Ariarate VI di Cappadocia (it), Ariarathes VI. Epiphanes Philopator (de), Αριαράθης Στ' της Καππαδοκίας (el)Additional labels
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Ariarathes VI (en)


Ariarathes VI Epiphanes Philopator ("God Manifest, Father-loving") ruled the kingdom of Cappadocia between c. 130 and 116 BC. He was the youngest of the six sons of Ariarates V and Nysa and the only one to survive the plotting of his murderous mother. He swept to power during a popular uprising that overthrew Nysa, but he was a weak ruler and became a virtual puppet of Mithradates V of Pontus. As he grew older, he was increasingly disinclined to accept Pontic interference in the affairs of his kingdom. He was subsequently assassinated in 116 BC by a Cappadocian noble at the instigation of Mithradates VI of Pontus.

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