Apries (āˈprē–ēz) [key], king of ancient Egypt (588–569 B.C.), of the XXVI dynasty; successor of Psamtik II. Apries sought to recover Syria and Palestine. He attacked Tyre and Sidon but failed (586 B.C.) to relieve the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. A revolt in Egypt caused him to seek assistance from Amasis II, who assassinated him and seized the throne. Apries is called Pharaoh-hophra in the Bible (Jer. 44.30).
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