Prusias II of Bithynia

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Prusias II "The Hunter"
King of Bithynia
Reign 182 - 149 BC
Predecessor Prusias I
Successor Nicomedes II
Born c. 220 BC
Died 149 BC (aged 71)
Consort Apame IV
Greek Προυσίας
Father Prusias I
Mother Apama III
Religion Greek Polytheism
Prusias II, King of Bithynia, Reduced to Begging

Prusias II Cynegus (Greek: Προυσίας ὁ Κυνηγός; "the Hunter", lived c. 220 BC – 149 BC, reigned c. 182 BC – 149 BC) was the Greek king of Bithynia. He was the son and successor of Prusias I and Apama III.


Prusias was born to Prusias I and Apama III in 220 BC. His father died in 189 BC,[1] at which point became the king of Bithynia. Prusias joined with the king of Pergamon, Eumenes II in a war against King Pharnaces I of Pontus (181–179 BC).[2] He later invaded the territories of Pergamon (156–154 BC), only to be defeated, and the Pergamenes insisted on heavy reparations, which included 500 talents and "twenty decked ships".[3] Prusias married his maternal cousin Apame IV, a sister of Perseus of Macedon and a princess from the Antigonid dynasty,[4] by whom he had a son called Nicomedes II and a daughter, also called Apama, who married Dyegilos,[5] son of Cotys IV, King of Thrace, and wife Semestra. He sent his son Nicomedes II to Rome to ask their help in reducing the amount of these reparations,[6] but Nicomedes revolted and became king.

Prusias was praised by the Aetolians on account of his behavior and benefactions towards them.[7]

Towards the end of his life, Prusias II had children by a later wife, and wanted to make them his heirs in place of Nicomedes, son of his earlier wife. Prusias even tried to arrange his eldest son Nicomedes murdered.[8] Nicomedes however revolted against his father. Prusias had to renounce the kingship in favor of his son and ended up being murdered himself instead in 149 BC.[9]


  1. ^ Memnon. History of Heraclea Pontica. 
  2. ^ Oxford Reference. 
  3. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. The ambassadors decided that as a penalty he must transfer to Attalus twenty decked ships at once, and pay him 500 talents of silver within a certain time. 
  4. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. to whom Perseus, king of Macedonia, gave his sister in marriage 
  5. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. his son-in-law, Diegylis the Thracian 
  6. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. 
  7. ^ Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 632 Pontica. The league of Aetolians honours king Prousias son of king Prousias on account of his virtue and his benefactions towards them. 
  8. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. He sent Menas as his fellow ambassador, and told him if he should secure a remission of the payments to spare Nicomedes, but if not, to kill him at Rome. 
  9. ^ Appian. The Mithridatic Wars. Prusias fled to the temple of Zeus, where he was stabbed by some of the emissaries of Nicomedes. 
Preceded by
Prusias I
King of Bithynia
182 BC – 149 BC
Succeeded by
Nicomedes II