(Ἀτροπάτης; Atropátēs). Median ruler and satrap of Darius, fought at Gaugamela and accompanied him in flight. After Darius' death he joined Alexander  and received his satrapy once again. He took a vanquished Median pretender to the throne to the king in 324 BC. As a reward, his daughter was married to Perdiccas at the weddings of Susa. He is supposed to have given Alexander 100 Amazons (Arr. Anab. 7,13). Perdiccas assigned him the satrapy of west Media in 323, where he settled himself as ruler. The land (Atropatene, today Azerbaijan) eternalized his name.
Cite this pageBadian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA), “Atropates”, 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 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e207210>
First published online: 2006
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