Ashkhadar, Leader of the Alani
(Est 240-)
Ashken, Queen of Armenia
(Est 280-)


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Trdat III "the Great" ARŠAKUNI, King of Armenia

Ashken, Queen of Armenia

  • Born: Est 280
  • Married: 297

  Research Notes:

Ashkhen was a monarch of Sarmatian origins. She was the daughter and is the known child of the King of the Alans, Ashkatar who is also known as Ashkhadar by an unnamed wife. Ashkhen was born at an unknown date between about 260-280 and was raised in the Alani Kingdom. Little is known on her early life, prior to marrying Tiridates III....

Tiridates III served as a Roman Client King of Armenia from 287–330. In 297, Tiridates III married Ashkhen when Tiridates III had his guarantee of Armenian autonomy from the Romans and he was free of Sassanid plotting and the incursions of the Caucasian tribes ceased. When Tiridates III had sent for Ashkhen to marry as his wife, he sent his general Smbat who was the father of Bagarat to bring Ashkhen from the Alani Kingdom. When Ashkhen had come to Armenia, Tiridates III ordered Ashkhen to be inscribed as an Arsacid to be vested with purple and to crowned in order to become the king's bride. Ashkhen was given the titles of Arsacian and Queen. These titles that Ashkhen was given were used to express the highest honors to which a woman could be raised in Armenia.... 1

  Marriage Information:

Asxen married Trdat III "the Great" ARŠAKUNI, King of Armenia, son of Khosrov II ARŠAKUNI, King of Western Armenia. (Trdat III "the Great" ARŠAKUNI was born between 260 and 280 and died in 331.)


1 Extract from Wikipedia article, Ashkhen, citing Dodgeon, The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 226-363, pp.319-320; Kurkjian, A History of Armenia, p.96; Chamich, History of Armenia, p.161.

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