Ariarathes II of Cappadocia

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Coin of Ariarathes II. Circa 301-280 BC
Ariarathes was satrap of Achaemenid Cappadocia.

Ariarathes II (Ancient Greek: Ἀριαράθης, Ariaráthēs; ruled 301–280 BC), satrap and king of Cappadocia, son of Holophernes, fled into Armenia after the death of his uncle and adopted father Ariarathes I, ruler of Cappadocia. After the death of Eumenes he recovered Cappadocia with the assistance of Ardoates, the Armenian king, and killed Amyntas, the Macedonian satrap, in 301 BC, but was forced to accept Seleucid suzerainty. He was succeeded by Ariamnes, the eldest of his three sons.[1]


  1. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca, xxxi. 3


  • Hazel, John; Who's Who in the Greek World, "Ariarathes II", (1999)
  • Head, Barclay; Historia Numorum, "Cappadocia", (1911)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Ariarathes II". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 284.

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ariarathes I
King of Cappadocia
301 BC – 280 BC
Succeeded by