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The Third War, The 'War Of Laodike'

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Ptolemy III, called Euergetes, the eldest surviving son of Ptolemy II, was crowned pharaoh the day after his father's death, that is, on 29 or 30 January 246. The approach of Ptolemaic power, and still more the presence of Ptolemy himself, exerted pressure on all Seleukid citizens in northern Syria. The advance parties made contact with Seleukid officials and city magistrates, initially in the ports opposite Cyprus such as Laodikeia and Seleukeia. The Ptolemaic centre of power was Egypt, a land where the Greek and Macedonian inhabitants were administrators and soldiers, and where they were settlers living on their rural estates. The Seleukid advances into the Hellespont region in the latter years of the reign of Antiochos II were countered by Ptolemy's establishment of control over several small cities in that same region.

Keywords: Antiochos II; Egypt; Laodikeia; northern Syria; Ptolemy III; Seleukid



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