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Rhoemetalces I.

Ῥοιμητάλκης), king of Thrace, was the brother of Cotys [No. 4], of Rhascuporis [No. 2], and uncle and guardian of Rhascuporis [No. 3]. On his nephew's death, B. C. 13, Rhoemetalces was expelled from Thrace, and driven into the Chersonesus, by Vologaeses, chief of the Thracian Bessi. About two years afterwards L. Piso, praetor of Pamphylia, drove the Bessi from the Chersonesus, and Rhoemetalces received from Augustus his nephew's dominions, with some additions, since Tacitus calls him king of all Thrace. On his death Augustus divided his kingdom between his son Cotys [No. 5], and his brother Rhascuporis [No. 2]. (Tac. Ann. 2.64; D. C. 54.20, 34; comp. Veil. Pat. 2.98.) On the obverse of the annexed coin is the head of Augustus, and on the reverse that of Rhoemetalces and his wife.

[W.B.D]

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