(Frawartish or Phraortes) King of the Medes, son and successor of Deioces. Phraortes could increase its territory conquering Persia. Also taking advantage of the absence of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, the fertile region of Man seized and expelled the Assyrians existing there. Also, with the help of the Cimmerians, expelled invaders escitas (lake Urmia). To attack Assyria - made an attempt failed against Assur - was defeated by Assurbanipal, who gave him death (Ninawa campaign). Phraortes was succeeded on the throne by his son Cyaxares.