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The Seleukid Collapse

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The Seleukid kingdom had been put together piece by piece, and it fell apart in the same way. The history of the Central Asian region moved to its own rhythm, and it is perhaps better to see its inclusion within the Seleukid kingdom as a temporary aberration, a brief continuation of the Akhaimenid position. The old Akhaimenid region of Persis was one of the more politically delicate areas for Macedonians to rule, and local memories of Akhaimenid power and of Alexander's destructiveness remained strong. Seleukos had lost territory to Ptolemy, including Seleukeia-in-Pieria, parts of Kilikia, and several cities along the Aegean coast from Karia to Thrace. The new Ptolemaic king, Ptolemy IV, called Philopator, had different aims, primarily defensive, in the Ptolemaic policy tradition.

Keywords: Akhaimenid region; Ptolemy IV; Seleukid kingdom



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