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Tiberius Julius Pharsanzes


Tiberius Julius Pharsanzes

Coin of Pharsanzes (left)

Tiberius Julius Pharsanzes, also known as Pharsanzes (Greek: Τιβέριος Ἰούλιος Φαρσανζης, flourished 3rd century – died 254) was a prince and Roman Client King of the Bosporan Kingdom.

Pharsanzes was the first-born son to the Bosporan King Rhescuporis V and his mother was an unnamed woman. He was of Greek, Iranian and Roman ancestry. His younger brothers were princes Synges and Teiranes.

Between 253–254, Pharsanzes co-ruled with his father Rhescuporis V. His royal title on coins is in Greek: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΑΡΣΑΝΖΟΥ or of King Pharsanzes. During his brief rule, he was a contemporary to the rule of the Roman Emperor Gallienus. There was a possibility that Pharsanzes could have some connections with the Goths. Pharsanzes died in 254 and was succeeded as a co-ruler by his second brother Synges in 258.

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  • Coinage of Pharsanzes


  • The supreme gods of the Bosporan Kingdom: Celestial Aphrodite and the Most High God By Yulia Ustinova Edition: illustrated Published by BRILL, 1999 ISBN 90-04-11231-6, ISBN 978-90-04-11231-5
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