Cambyses II
Cambyses II of Persia-1-
Historical Figure
Nationality: Persia
Date of Birth: 6th century BCE (year unknown)
Date of Death: 522 BCE
Cause of Death: Unknown: Murder, suicide or accident, by different accounts
Religion: Zoroastrianism
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: Cyrus II the Great and Queen Cassandane
Spouse: Mahruyeh
Children: None known
House: Achaemenid
Political Office(s): Great Shah of Persia (530 BCE-522 BCE)
Pharaoh of Egypt (525 BCE-522 BCE)
Turtledove Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Cambyses II (Persian: کمبوجيه دوم‎‎; Old Persian: Kɑmboujie; Aramaic כנבוזי, Kanbūzī; Greek Καμβύσης, Kambúsēs; Latin Cambyses; Medieval Hebrew כמבישה, Kambisha) (d. July 522 BC) was King of Kings of Persia from 530 BC until his death. Cambyses conquered Egypt by defeating Pharaoh Psamtik III at the battle of Pelusium (525 BC). After the Egyptian campaign and the truce with Libya, Cambyses invaded the Kingdom of Kush (modern Sudan) but with little success.

Cambyses II in Ruled BritanniaEdit

Cambyses, King of Persia was a play by Christopher Marlowe, performed at the London Theatre. William Shakespeare played the Ghost.

Literary commentEdit

An OTL play with the same name was written by Thomas Preston (1537-1598) in 1569. Marlowe's fictional play is likely a remake of Preston's, much as some of Shakespeare's OTL plays were remakes. This was a common practice for playwrights of the time.

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Cyrus II the Great
Great King (Shah) of Persia
530 BCE - 522 BCE
Succeeded by
Bardiya (aka Smerdis)
Preceded by
Psamtik III
Pharaoh of Egypt
525 BCE - 522 BCE
Succeeded by
Bardiya (aka Smerdis)

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