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Cyaxares
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(Κυαξάρης, ancient Persian Uvaxštra-, etymology uncertain).

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[1] Median king of the 7th or 6th cent. BC

Median ‘king’ of the 7th/6th cents. BC. In the Median lógos of Herodotus (Hdt. 1,73f.; 103-107) C. appears as τύραννος/týrannos or βασιλεύς/basileús of the Medes, as the son of  Phraortes, grandson of  Deioces and father of  Astyages. During his 40-year reign, he is said -- after a Scythian interregnum -- to have conquered the Assyrians …

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Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), “Cyaxares”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e625430>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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