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Artaxerxes V Bessus
  • King of Kings
  • Great King
  • King of Persia
  • King of Countries
King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire
Reign 330–329 BC
Predecessor Darius III
Successor Alexander the Great (Macedonian Empire)
Died 329 BC
Ecbatana
House Achaemenid Dynasty
Religion Zoroastrianism

Bessus, also known by his throne name Artaxerxes V (died summer 329 BC), was a prominent Persian satrap of Bactria in Persia, and later self-proclaimed king of Persia. According to classical sources, he killed his predecessor and relative, Darius III, after the Persian army had been defeated by Alexander the Great.

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