Book of Judith, an officer of the "Assyrian" army commanded
The name is a common one; its Aramaic form is "Bigvai".
Under construction --- far from complete! Read with caution.
- HISTORICITY: Some people named "Bagoas" who
figure in ancient history -- probably not Holophernes's
He makes two quite different
appearances in the Histories of Diodorus
Siculus. In XVI, xlvii, 4, he is a distinguished
Persian military officer and a favourite of
the Great King, but in XVII, v, 3, he is infamous for
his cruelty. When the young Arses ascends the throne
and begins an investigation, Bagoas poisons him
and installs Darius, but then decides he has chosen
a poor replacement. He tries to poison Darius, but
the plot is uncovered and Bagoas must drink his own
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