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Arses was the youngest son of Artaxerxes III Ochus and succeeded him to the throne after Artaxerxes was murdered by his military commander Bagoas. It is likely that Bagoas was responsible for putting him on the throne, although whether Arses had anything to do with the coup is not known.
At the same time, Khabebesh, one of the Egyptian magnates in Upper Egypt also assumed the title of Pharaoh. He was supported by a large number of the oppressed people of Egypt in the face of the Persian invaders. He was never recognized beyond his own nome, and apparently hid from the Persian rulers in the remote areas of the Nile. His name, with the titulary of a pharaoh, has been found in a number of places, including a stela from Ptolemy I, papyri from the first year of his reign and amulets found in the tomb of Horemheb in Memphis.