Ariarathes VII (Person, Concept)

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Ariarathes VII (en), Ariarathe VII (fr), Ariarates VII (es), Ariarate VII di Cappadocia (it), Ariarathes VII. Philometor (de), Αριαράθης Ζ' της Καππαδοκίας (el)Additional labels
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Ariarathes VII (en)


Ariarathes VII Philometor ("Mother-loving") ruled the kingdom of Cappadocia from c. 116 to 100 BC. This young son of Ariarathes VI reigned with his mother, Laodice, as regent--a situation that led to instability. In c. 105 BC, Nicomedes III of Bithynia invaded Cappadocia and married Laodice in an attempt to gain the regency over Ariarathes VII. He and Laodice were driven out by Mithradates VI of Pontus, who placed Ariarathes VII on the throne as sole ruler of Cappadocia. However, like his father, Ariarathes VII came to resent Pontic influence. He riased an army against Mithradates VI, but was assassinated when he accepted and invitation to a conference with the Pontic king.

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