AN ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY A PICTURE ON THE PARTHIAN ROCK-CUT RELIEFS OF HONG-I AZHDAR
Among the Iranian rock-cut reliefs by its iconographic and stylistic diversity, as well as the problem of historical reality is distinguished that of Hong-i Azhdar. The author reaches the conclusion that on the relief under discussion is depicted the Parthian king and the person who was the “second after the king”. The latter could be identified with Bagasis, the ruler of Media who was granted the “Parthian West” by Mithridates I. This person might be the same as Vagharshak of Movses Khorenatsi who, according to him, was the brother of the Parthian king Vagharsh.
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