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The Fifth War, The Triumph Of Antiochos III

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In the discussions between Antiochos and Philip over their plans for the Ptolemaic lands, one land in particular was allocated to Antiochos. The main Seleukid military base in Syria was at Apameia, one of the four great cities founded by Seleukos I to control Syria north of the Ptolemaic boundary at the Eleutheros River. The unpreparedness of the Ptolemaic government had been shown by the loss of Koile Syria, and was all the more reprehensible since all the successive ministers had clearly apprehended the threat from Antiochos ever since the death of Philopator. The Fifth Syrian War was decisive for the foreign empire of the Ptolemaic dynasty, for afterwards the kings retained only Cyrenaica and Cyprus, along with three posts in the Aegean, at Itanos,Thera, and Methana, which were really in Rhodes' or Rome's sphere by 196.

Keywords: Antiochos; fifth Syrian war; Ptolemaic government; Seleukos I; Syria



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