Etazeta of Bithynia

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Etazeta (fl. 255 BC – 254 BC) was the second wife of Nicomedes I, king of Bithynia and a ruler of Bithynia.

Life

An ambitious woman, she was able to persuade her husband to exclude his sons by his former marriage from the throne; instead the throne would go to Etazeta's children. Since Nicomedes and Etazeta's children were still very young, the king sought to strengthen his family's hold on the Bithynian throne by offering the guardianship of the infants to the sovereigns Ptolemy II of Egypt and Antigonus II of Macedonia; also the city-states of Byzantium, Heraclea and Cius were added to the guardianship.

On the death of Nicomedes I in around 255 BC, Etazeta ruled on behalf of her infant sons. However, Nicomedes' first-born, Ziaelas, refused to accept his father's decision and started a war against his stepmother to conquer the kingdom. Etazeta tried to resist, and married the former king's brother, but around 254 BC she was removed by Ziaelas and forced to flee to Macedon with her sons.

References

  • Memnon, History of Heracleia
Preceded by
Nicomedes I
King of Bithynia
255 BC – 254 BC
Succeeded by
Ziaelas


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