Tiridates III of Armenia

Tiridates III the Great
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King of Armenia
Reign287–circa 330 AD
PredecessorKhosrov II
SuccessorKhosrov III the Small
Born250s AD
Diedc. 330 AD
IssueKhosrov III the Small
Salome of Armenia
FatherKhosrov II of Armenia

Tiridates III (spelled Trdat; Armenian: Տրդատ Գ; 250–330 AD) was the king of Arsacid Armenia (287–330), and is also known as Tiridates the Great Տրդատ Մեծ; some scholars incorrectly refer to him as Tiridates IV as a result of the fact that Tiridates I of Armenia reigned twice. In 301, Tiridates proclaimed Christianity as the state religion of Armenia, making the Armenian kingdom the first state to embrace Christianity officially.[1]

Early Childhood

Tiridates III was the son of Khosrov II of Armenia by an unnamed mother, the latter being assassinated in 252 by a Parthian agent named Anak under orders from Ardashir I. Tiridates had one known sibling, a sister called Khosrovidukht and was the namesake of his paternal grandfather, Tiridates II of Armenia. Anak was captured and executed along with most of his family, while his son, Gregory the Illuminator, was sheltered in Caesaria, in Cappadocia. Being the only surviving heir to the throne, Tiridates was quickly taken away to Rome soon after his father’s assassination while still an infant. He was educated in Rome and was skilled in languages and military tactics;[2][3] in addition he firmly understood and appreciated Roman law. The Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi described him as a brave and strong warrior who participated in the battles against enemies. He personally led his army to victories in many battles.

Other Languages
Deutsch: Trdat III.
հայերեն: Տրդատ Գ
hrvatski: Trdat III.
Bahasa Indonesia: Tiridates III dari Armenia
ქართული: თრდატ III
македонски: Тиридат III
português: Tirídates III
русский: Трдат III
Simple English: Tiridates III of Armenia
српски / srpski: Тиридат III
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Trdat III
svenska: Trdat III
українська: Тірдат III