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as-ti'-a-jes (Astuages; or Astyigas (in Ktesias)), or Istuvigu, son of Cyaxares.

I, king of the Medes 585-550 B.C., and predecessor of Cyrus (Bel and the Dragon verse 1): His wife was the daughter of Alyattes, king of Lydia. The daughter of Astyages (Mandane) married a Persian, Cambyses, and a son was born to them who later became Cyrus the Great. Astyages had given orders to expose the babe; but Harpagus, on whom the task had been imposed, gave the child to a herdsman, with instructions to kill him. When the boy, who had been brought up as his own by the herdsman, arrived at the age of twelve, Astyages discovered that he was the son of Mandane. The king in wrath then had the son of Harpagus killed and served to his father as food. The latter concealed his feelings of hatred and resentment, and bided his time; and when the young Cyrus had grown to manhood, he stirred up the grandson in insurrection against Astyages, who was defeated and taken prisoner (Herodotus i.127-30). When Astyages marched against the Persians, the Medes, under the command of Harpagus, deserted their king, and sided with the disappointed Persians; and Cyrus was crowned king. This account of Herodotus is confirmed by the Annalistic Tablet of Cyrus (RP, series ii, 159). The dethroned monarch was treated with kindness by his conqueror. According to Ktesias, a home was provided for him by Cyrus in Hyrcania.

Astyages was the last of the kings of the Manda (Media). An exceedingly shrewd man, Deioces by name, had founded the kingdom 150 years before (699-646). Phraortes was the second in line (646-624), and Cyaxares the third (624-584).

J. E. Harry


Accession of Cyrus to the Throne.
... BC560 Change in the character of Cyrus."His ambition."Capriciousness of
Astyages."Cyrus makes great progress in mental and personal accomplishments ...
/...// the great/chapter v accession of cyrus.htm

... The principal chronological points, concerning which difficulties have been felt,
arise: (A) in vv.1, 2, concerning Astyages, Cyrus, and Daniel; (B) in v.22 ...
/.../daubney/the three additions to daniel a study/chronology 3.htm

The Birth of Cyrus.
... The three Asiatic empires."Marriage of Cambyses."Story of Mandane."Dream of
Astyages."Astyages' second dream."Its interpretation."Birth of Cyrus ...
// the great/chapter ii the birth of.htm

The visit to Media.
... Astyages sends for Cyrus."Cyrus goes to Media."Cyrus's reception."His
astonishment."Sympathy with childhood."Pleasures of old age."Character of ...
// the great/chapter iii the visit to.htm

The Conquest of Lydia.
... Cyrus, Cyrus would himself cross the Halys and attack him; and, thirdly, he felt
under some obligation to consider himself the ally of Astyages, and thus bound ...
// the great/chapter vii the conquest of.htm

The Death of Cyrus.
... His wife is said to have been a daughter of Astyages, and that he married her soon
after his conquest of the kingdom of Media, in order to reconcile the ...
// the great/chapter xii the death of.htm

A Sermon on the Parable of a King that Married his Son, Made by ...
... The story is this: There was a king named Astyages, which had heard by a prophecy,
that one Cyrus should have the rule and dominion over his realm after his ...
/.../latimer/sermons on the card and other discourses/a sermon on the parable.htm

The Power of Assyria at Its Zenith; Esarhaddon and Assur-Bani-Pal
... us back to 709-708, if we admit, as he does, that the year of the proclamation by
Cyrus as King of Persia (559-558) was that in which Astyages was overthrown ...
/.../chapter iithe power of assyria 2.htm

Cyrus, the Servant Of-The Lord {4}
... information. Astyages is the old shah of the Median Empire, then at the
height of its seeming might and splendour and effeminacy. ...
/.../kingsley/historical lectures and essays/cyrus the servant of-the lord.htm

The Servant of the Lord.
... information. Astyages is the old shah of the Median Empire, then at the
height of its seeming might and splendour and effeminacy. ...
/.../kingsley/lectures delivered in america in 1874/lecture iv the servant of.htm

...ASTYAGES. ... The daughter of Astyages (Mandane) married a Persian, Cambyses,
and a son was born to them who later became Cyrus the Great. ...
/a/astyages.htm - 8k

Medes (15 Occurrences)
... was succeeded by Phraortes (Fravartish) his son, Phraortes by his son Kyaxares;
and the latter in turn left his kingdom to his son Astyages whose daughter ...
/m/medes.htm - 18k

Cyrus (20 Occurrences)
... In that which he quotes (i.107), it is said that Mandane was the daughter of the
Median king Astyages, who, in consequence of a dream which he had had ...
/c/cyrus.htm - 39k

Asunder (37 Occurrences)

/a/asunder.htm - 22k

Nebuchadrezzar (31 Occurrences)
... His mother is not known by name. The classical historians mention two wives: Amytis,
the daughter of Astyages, and Nitocris, the mother of Nabunaid. ...
/n/nebuchadrezzar.htm - 29k

Darius (26 Occurrences)
... 26). This king was probably the "Astyages" of the Greek historians. Nothing
can, however, be with certainty affirmed regarding him. ...
/d/darius.htm - 24k

Media (14 Occurrences)
... It rose with Cyaxares, its first king, and it passed away with him; for during the
reign of his son and successor Astyages, the Persians waged war against the ...
/m/media.htm - 15k

Astute (2 Occurrences)

/a/astute.htm - 7k

Ahasbai (1 Occurrence)
... accept the identification of Gubaru with Darius the Mede, then the latter may well
have been another of his sons, at first a sub-king to Astyages the Scythian ...
/a/ahasbai.htm - 11k

Persians (6 Occurrences)
... Herodotus i.102). Cyrus himself headed his countrymen's revolt against Astyages,
who advanced to attack Pasargadae (549 BC). His army ...
/p/persians.htm - 20k

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