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Artaphernes, more correctly Artaphrenes, was the brother of Darius Hystaspis, and satrap of Sardis.

It was he who received the embassy from Athens sent probably by Cleisthenes in 7 BC, and subsequently warned the Athenians to receive back the "tyrant" Hippias.

Subsequently he took an important part in suppressing the lonian revolt, and after the war compelled the cities to make agreements by which all differences were to be settled by reference. He measured out their territories in parasangs and assessed their tributes accordingly (Herodotus vi. 42). In 492 he was superseded in his satrapy by Mardonius (Herodotus V. 25, 30-32, 35, &c.; Diod. Sic x. 25).

His son, of the same name, was appointed go, together with Datis, to take command of the expedition sent by Darius to punish Athens and Eretria for their share in the va the expedition of Xerxes. Ten years later, he was in command of the Lydians and Mysians (Herod. vi. 94, 119; Vu. 4, sch. Persae, 21).

Aeschylus in his list of Persian kings (Persae, 775 ff.), which is quite unhistorical, mentions two kings with the name Artarenes, who may have been developed out of these two Persian commanders.