Ariobarzanes II of Cappadocia

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Ariobarzanes II
King of
Reign63 BC–62 BC to 51 BC
PredecessorAriobarzanes I of Cappadocia
SuccessorAriobarzanes III of Cappadocia
SpouseAthenais Philostorgos II
IssueAriobarzanes III of Cappadocia
Ariarathes X of Cappadocia
FatherAriobarzanes I of Cappadocia
MotherAthenais Philostorgos I
O: Diademed head of Ariobarzanes II R: Athena holding Nike with wreath and resting hand on shield, spear behind


56? BC

would mean 7th year of reign - 56 BC

Ariobarzanes II, surnamed Philopator, "father-loving", (

Persian and half Greek

Ariobarzanes II married the princess

Mithridates VI of Pontus. He was an ineffective ruler, requiring the aid of Gabinius in 57 BC to ward off his enemies. He was successful in maintaining rule over Cappadocia for approximately eight years before being assassinated by Parthian favorites. By his wife, he had two sons: Ariobarzanes III of Cappadocia and Ariarathes X of Cappadocia
. He was succeeded by his first son.

The Odeion of Perikles in Athens was reconstructed by Ariobarzanes II after it was destroyed by Sulla during his siege of Athens in 86 BC.[1] An inscription from the site reads:

Those appointed by him for the construction of the Odeion, Gaius and Marcus Stallius, sons of Gaius and Menalippos, [set up the statue of] their benefactor King Ariobarzanes Philopator, son of King Ariobarzanes Philoromaios and Queen Athenais. (IG II2 3426)


  1. ^ Camp, John (2013-08-26), "Athenian Agora", Classics, Oxford University Press, retrieved 2023-12-11
Preceded by
King of Cappadocia

c. 63 – c. 51 BC
Succeeded by