BARTACUS bär’ tə kəs (Βάρτακος). The father of Apame, concubine of a king who cannot be identified. He is called the “illustrious,” prob. because of his rank. The names of father and daughter suggest that they were Pers. in origin (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(Bartakos; Josephus Rhabezdkes; Vulgate (Jerome’s Latin Bible, 390-405 A. D.) Bezazes (1 Esdras 4:29)): The father of Apame. He is called "the illustrious," probably because of rank and merits. The family seems to be of Persian origin since the name Bartacus (Syriac, ) in the form of Artachaeas is mentioned by Herodotus (vii.22.117) as a person of rank in the Persian army of Xerxes and the name of his daughter Apame is identical with that of a Persian princess who married Seleucus I, Nicator, and became the mother of. Apamea, a city in Asia Minor founded by Seleucus I, is named in honor of his wife Apame. Compare APAME; ILLUSTRIOUS.