Arbaces


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Arbaces

priest who frames Glaucus. [Br. Lit.: The Last Days of Pompeii, Magill I, 490–492]
See: Deceit
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Arbaces, King of Iberia, has ended his country's lengthy war with Armenia by besting its monarch, Tigranes, in single combat.
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The courtier Gobrius has crucial information, which is that Arbaces is his son, and not the legitimate king, and so his love for his supposed sister is not incestuous.
With Eric Schoen (Arbaces), Thadd McQuade (Tigranes), Sarah Fallon (Panthea), Miriam Donald (Spaconia), Jason Guy (Gobrias), David Loar (Mardonius), John Harrell (Bessus),James Keegan (Bacurius), Rene Thornton, Jr.
In the play, Mardonius stands in a critical relationship to both the absolutist King Arbaces of the upper plot and the cowardly, pandering Bessus of the lower.
According to Cooper's Chronicle (1560; STC: 15219), Sardanapalus was an effeminate sybarite who, defeated by the Mede captain Arbaces, 'bovrned hym selfe with all his delicacies, (which he esteemed more then all his empire) in a great fyre, onely in that shewynge hym selfe to be a man' (33v).
Political discourse is added to sexual discourse in the third chapter, "Representing Authority," which traces the emergence of presiding authority figures in the persons of Gower in Pericles, Gobrius and Arbaces in A King and No King, and Prospero in The Tempest.