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The Sixth War, And The 'Day Of Eleusis'

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The war between Antiochos IV and the Ptolemaic government which lasted from 170 to 168 is rather more complex than the earlier Syrian wars. This is partly due to the varied sources which exist, partly to the actual complexity of events, and partly to the involvement of Rome. Antiochos'method of reaching the throne, by means of his armed coup against the regency of Laodike and Heliodoros, in defiance of the claims of his nephew Demetrios, meant that his seat on the throne remained unsteady. The Ptolemaic army, defeated in the fight, retreated into Pelusion and the Delta. Antiochos had conspicuously spared their lives, and now agreed to a truce. Antiochos' new invasion took place in the spring, and he quickly occupied Memphis and much of the Delta.

Keywords: Antiochos IV; Ptolemaic government; Rome; Syrian wars



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