Ariarathes IV of Cappadocia

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Ariarathes IV, surnamed Eusebes, "the Pious", (

Ancient Greek: Ἀριαράθης Εὐσεβής, Ariaráthēs Eusebḗs), was the king of Cappadocia
in 220–163 BC.

Early life

Ariarathes IV was the son of the

king of Pontus. Polybius mentions that a Roman embassy was sent to Ariarathes after the death of the Seleucid Antiochus IV Epiphanes
, who died 164.

Antiochis, the wife of Ariarathes, is said to have at first borne him no children, and accordingly substituted two surrogates, who were called Ariarathes and Orophernes. Subsequently, however, it was said that she actually bore her husband two daughters and a son, who was named Mithridates, and afterwards became Ariarathes V, and then she informed Ariarathes of the deceit she had practiced upon him. The two surrogates were in consequence sent away from Cappadocia, one to Rome, the other to Ionia.[3]



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

Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Cappadocia

220 BC – 163 BC
Succeeded by