Vahyazdâta: Persian nobleman. In 525 BC, king Cambyses had conquered Egypt, and before he left, he had had his brother Smerdis executed. However, a look-alike named Gaumâta had been able to proclaim himself king; his rebellion was suppressed in September 522 by a new Persian king, Darius. Immediately, new rebellions started, and while Darius was occupied in Babylonia and Media, Vahyazdâta proclaimed himself king, saying that he was the real Smerdis, and gained support in Arachosia. He was defeated by Darius' general Artavardiya on May 24 near Rakhâ (modern Behbehân), and a second time on July 15 near the mountain Paraga (near the modern town Forg). Vahyazdâta was captured and crucified. He is represented on the the monument at Behistun (picture).
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