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Kingdom of Characene
The little Kingdom of Characene was founded by Aspasine, a rebellious satrap of Antiochos IV. Occupying the lower part of the Tigris valley and the shores at the head of the Persian Gulf, it was an important link in the trade with India. Its capital and mint city was Charax Spasinou. Several of its kings are only known from their coins, which are dated by the Seleucid era. The kingdom was later under Parthian control and then conquered by the Sasanians. It is said that Trajan visited the capital Charax during his invasion of Parthia and seeing the ships sailing to India lamented for not being younger and able to go there, as Alexander did.