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(Ἀτόσσα; Atóssa, Ancient Persian * Utauthā).

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[1] Daughter of Cyrus II

Daughter of Cyrus II, married in succession to her brothers Cambyses and Bardiya [1], then Darius [1] I (Hdt. 3,88). Mother of four of Darius' sons, including  Masistes and  Xerxes. Her name is only documented in Greek sources. Neither Aesch. Pers. (there not called by name, but only designated as the king's mother) nor Hdt. 7,2-3 prove…

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Kuhrt, Amélie (London) and Sancisi-Weerdenburg, Helen (Utrecht), “Atossa”, 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 23 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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