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PHRAATA (τὰ Φράατα, Appian, Parth. pp. 80, 99, ed. Schw.; Ηράασπα, D. C. 49.25; Steph. B. sub voce Φαράσπα, Ptol. 6.2.10), a place in ancient Media, which seems to have served as a winter residence for the Parthian kings, and at the same time as a stronghold in the case of need. Its position is doubtful. Forbiger imagines that it is the same as the citadel described by Strabo, under the name of Vera (xi. p. 523); and there seems some ground for supposing that it is really the same place. If the name Phraata be the correct one, it is likely that it derived its name from Phraates. (Plut. Ant. 100.38.) (See Rawlinson On the Atropatenian Ecbatana, R. Geog. Journ. vol. x. part 1, 1840.)


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