) was, according to Herodotus, the second king of Media, and the son of Deioces, whom he succeeded.
He reigned twenty-two years (B. C. 656-634).
He first conquered the Persians, and then subdued the greater part of Asia, but was at length defeated and killed while laying siege to Ninus (Nineveh), the capital of the Assyrian empire.
He was succeeded by his son Cyaxares. (Hdt. 1.73
.) This Phraortes is slid to be the same as the Truteno
of the Zendavesta, and to be called Feridun
in the Shah-Nameh. (Hammer in Wien. Jahrb.
vol. ix. p. 13, &c.) .