Mithridates IV, king of Parthia

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About Mithridates IV, king of Parthia

Mithridates IV Aršakuni was King (or anti-King) between 128 and 147. He was the brother of Osroes I of Parthia (109–129). During the invasion of Mesopotamia by the Roman Emperor Trajan (98–117) in 116 he and his son Sanatruces II took up the diadem but were defeated. After the death of Osroes I in 129 he assumed the throne and continued the struggle with the rival king Vologases III of Parthia (105–147), our ancestor. Mithridates died in an attack on Commagene in 140. Mithridates IV had appointed his son Sanatruces successor, but Sanatruces fell in a battle with the Romans. Another son, Vologases IV of Parthia (147–191), took the throne after the death of Vologases III in 147.