The HECATOMNID DYNASTY or HECATOMNIDS were the rulers of
They were nominally satraps (governors) under the Persian Achaeminid
Empire , but ruled with considerable autonomy, and established a
hereditary dynasty. The dynasty was founded by
Hecatomnus' five children succeeded him in succession. The dynasty engaged in sibling marriage to presumably preserve royal power within the family.
The dynasty ended with the conquests of
Alexander the Great
The best-known monument of the dynasty is the Mausoleum that Artemisia II built in honor of her husband and brother Mausolus.
* Stephen Ruzicka, Politics of a Persian Dynasty: The
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