Persia 33: Prince Cyrus & the Sixth Man Awards

It is very interesting that Zeus was considered a sixth son of Cronus. I'm presently researching the importance of the sixth son, and hadn't factored his possible contribution to the typology.

The princely goddess Isis/Isabel was considered a "sixth son". The tribal name Zebulun was derived, at least partially, from her.

In tribal reckoning, Zebulun corresponded to Prince Wegaf son of pharaoh Amenemhet. He was a promising young crown prince but was assassinated and replaced by Senuseret.

We don't hear much again from Zebulun types until the early Persian Period. (Perhaps the Biblical figure Zeeb of the late Hyksos Period was a Zebulun. In the late 18th Dynasty, one of the sons of Amenhotep II named Nedjem was placed in the Zebulun role, but he was a rather obscure figure.)

Cyrus the Great was a sixth son or Zebulun in the princely pecking order of his day. His younger brother Darius the Great was a more favored "seventh son".

Later Darius had seven sons of his own. The sixth son was a notable prince named Hystaspes (after the father of Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great). His son Pisuthnes ("King Seth") was made satrap in Sardis, the former capital of Cyrus the Great in the West, and had tried unsuccessfully to oust Pericles in Athens.

In the reign of Darius II, Pisuthnes rebelled (413 BC) but was subdued by Darius II through General Tissaphernes. Darius II had already by then established his own son Cyrus as the new Zebulun in the West. In Macedon, Cyrus was known by the name of Archelaus. In Athens, the new Prince Cyrus was instead called Alcibiades. Pericles, prior to his death, had been compelled to adopt Alcibiades as his own son and heir in Athens.

The name Al-cibiades became inspiration later for "The Zebedee" of Gospel fame. Zebedee corresponded to the sixth son of Herod the Great, i.e., Archelaus (Germanicus) in Josephus' history. The career of Archelaus/Germanicus paralleled that of the earlier Prince Cyrus in its great promise/potential and tragic end during a "campaign" in the East. The earlier Prince Cyrus/Archelaus brought an army from the West in an attempt to dethrone his brother Artaxerxes II but was killed in battle. A similar fate was intended by Tiberius for his young rival.