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The Reversal, The Ptolemaic Collapse

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From the time the issue of the possession of Koile Syria and Palestine arose, Ptolemaic Egypt had been the more powerful of the two states contending for the prize. The Seleukid kingdom, by contrast with the Ptolemaic, was in the hands of a vigorous and capable king, and his defeat had not shaken his regime at all. The character of Ptolemy gave further assurance of Egypt's peaceable intentions, plus the fact that a good deal of Ptolemaic attention was fixed on events in Greece, where a very complicated situation had developed and where several wars being fought simultaneously. Akhaios' antagonism towards Attalos was, of course, based on their rival claims to be king of Asia Minor. Antiochos devoted the decade after suppressing Akhaios to reinforcing his rule, reviving unity, and recovering lost lands.

Keywords: Akhaios' antagonism; Antiochos; Asia; Ptolemaic Egypt



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