Ardashir) lived with a man called Pambecus, who was a shoe-maker by profession, but an astrologer and in this respect versed in the dark arts or stuff and nonsense. And a soldier by the name of Sananus (sic.) was marching through the land of the Cadusaei and was entertained in the house of Pambecus, and Pambecus had ‘foreknowledge’, we suppose, through his astrology, that the offspring of Sananus would be raised to a high level of good fortune. But not having a daughter or a sister or any female relative, he shut in his own wife with Sananus, and she conceived and brought forth Artaxerxes. Chosroes’ family, therefore, was descended from this Artaxerxes, also called Artaxares.