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The Second Syrian War

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The Second Syrian War is perhaps the least known of any of the series of these wars, even less known than the first war - 'the most obscure decade of an obscure time', according to one historian. Antiochos II had ruled the eastern provinces during the co-regency. The tension apparent in the Asia Minor region developed into war between Antiochos and Ptolemy during 260 and 259. The actual date of the outbreak is unknown, but it is clear that there were a succession of events in those years which promoted hostilities. An ostrakon from Karnak in Egypt refers to 'the king triumphing over the pro-Persian king at the time of the Syrian journey', which is presumably a reference to the Ptolemaic invasion of Syria early in the war, and is perhaps an indication of Ptolemaic propaganda within Egypt.

Keywords: Antiochos II; Egypt; Ptolemy; second Syrian war



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