Coin of Vonones II
|King of Media Atropatene|
|Reign||11 - 51|
|King of the Parthian Empire|
Tiridates I of Armenia
|Father||unnamed Dahae prince|
|Mother||unnamed daughter of Phraates IV|
Vonones was not from the ruling branch of the Arsacid royal family; his father was a Dahae prince, who was most likely descended from the former Arsacid monarch Mithridates II (r. 124-88 BC), whilst his mother was a daughter of the incumbent Arsacid King of Kings Phraates IV (r. 37-2 BC). Vonones II's brother was the Parthian King Artabanus II. Vonones II was the namesake of his maternal relative Vonones I (r. 8-12), as he was born and raised in the Parthian Empire.
After the death of his nephew Gotarzes II, Vonones II was raised to the Parthian Kingship in 51. However, he died a few months into his reign and was succeeded by his son, Vologases I. Tacitus wrote that Vonones II "knew neither success nor failure which have deserved to be remembered to him. It was a short and inglorious reign".
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