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    Musa: Slave Turned Queen

    PARTHIAN KINGDOM. Phraataces and Musa (2 BC-AD 4). AR drachm (20mm, 3.85 gm, 12h).  Ecbatana mint. Draped and diademed bust of Phraataces left, wearing spiral torques; Nikes to either side bearing wreaths / ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ, draped and crowned portrait bust of Queen Musa left, monogram below chin. Sellwood 57.13. Rare. Toned. Extremely Fine.

    Musa was a beautiful slave girl presented by Caesar Augustus to King Phraates IV in exchange for the Parthians returning the Roman standards lost at Carrhae. She quickly became Phraates' favorite wife and, after bearing a son to him, she arranged for his murder and the succession of their son, Phraataces. Following Magian custom, she married her own son and ruled for several years as the power behind the throne. But having a female ruler, and a foreigner at that, proved unacceptable to the Parthian aristocracy and in AD 4 Musa and her son were overthrown and replaced by Orodes III. 


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