Astyages, son of Cyaxares, was the last king of the Medes, his reign extending from 594 to 559 B.C. He married a daughter of Alyattes, King of Lydia, and his daughter Mandane became the wife of Cambyses, the Persian, whose son Cyrus, according to Herodotus (i. 107, sq.), deposed his grandfather and seized the throne. However, Xenophon tells another story, and affirms that Cyrus succeeded in the ordinary course to his uncle, Cyaxares II., who died without issue.