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The pattern of the Syrian Wars reveals one diplomatic practice which is never stated in so many words, and appears to have been undetected by historians: the peace agreements which ended the various Syrian wars were made between the kings, and they were for life. The demonstration cruise of Isis and her presumed consorts into the Black Sea emphasizes the power of the king at sea, as did the voyage of Timosthenes to the west. The strength of the Seleukid army in elephants was notorious, and could be said to be one of the major foundations of the Seleukid king's power. Theconflict between Ptolemy and Antigonos was one of the stimuli for the expansion of Ptolemy's influence - Thera and Itanos were acquired as Ptolemaic bases during the Khremonidean War, as was Methana on the coast of Argolis.

Keywords: Antigonos; Black Sea; Ptolemy; Seleukid army; Syrian wars



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