Amyntas II (son of Bubares)


Alabanda is located in Turkey
Location of Alabanda in Asia Minor, received from Xerxes by Amyntas II.

Amyntas II was the son of the Persian official Bubares by his Macedonian wife Gygaea.[1] He was named after his maternal grandfather, Amyntas I of Macedon, who ruled Macedonia as a Persian subject since 512/511 BC.[2][3] Later, king Xerxes I (r. 486-465 BC) gave him the Carian city of Alabanda.[4][2] Amyntas was possibly the direct successor of the tyrant Aridolis.[5]

"Bubares, a Persian, had taken to wife Gygaea, Alexander's sister and Amyntas' daughter, who had borne to him that Amyntas of Asia who was called by the name of his mother's father, and to whom the king gave Alabanda, a great city in Phrygia, for his dwelling."

— Herodotus VIII.136[6]


  1. ^ Roisman & Worthington 2011, p. 343.
  2. ^ a b Briant 2002, p. 350.
  3. ^ Roisman & Worthington 2011, pp. 136, 343.
  4. ^ Roisman & Worthington 2011, p. 136.
  5. ^ McNicoll, Milner; McNicoll, Anthony; Milner, N. P. (1997). Hellenistic Fortifications from the Aegean to the Euphrates. Oxford monographs on classical archaeology. Clarendon Press. p. 31. ISBN 9780198132288. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  6. ^ LacusCurtius • Herodotus — Book VIII: Chapters 97‑144.


  • Briant, Pierre (2002). From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire. Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-1575061207.
  • Roisman, Joseph; Worthington, Ian, eds. (2011). A Companion to Ancient Macedonia. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-1-44-435163-7.