Bar'tacus (Βάρτακος; Vulg. Beza), the father of Apame, the concubine of King Darius (1 Esdras 4:29, where he is called "the admirable" [ὁ θαυμαστός], probably an official title belonging to his rank). The Syriac version has Artak, a name which recalls that of Artachaeas (Α᾿ρταχαίης), who is named by Herodotus (7. 22,117) as being in a high position in the Persian army under Xerxes, and a special favorite of that king (Simonis, Onom.; Smith's Dict. of Class. Biog. 1:369). SEE APAME.