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Mutual Troubles And A New Agenda

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The victory of Antiochos IV in Egypt in 168 had unsettling results in Ptolemaic and Seleukid kingdoms. Dynastic disputes were wounds which were self-inflicted in both kingdoms. The Sixth War had seen a clear escalation of the damage inflicted or intended by both sides. It had been the intention of the Ptolemaic regents to destroy the Seleukid kingdom. The Ptolemaic regents had gone as far as intending the destruction of the Seleukid state; Antiochos, by his military triumph, had shown that the destruction of the Ptolemaic kingdom was possible; the union of the two was therefore quite possible. Given the obvious and overwhelming power of Rome, such a union was something both Seleukids and Ptolemies inevitably contemplated. From the time of the Sixth War onwards, therefore, the new agenda for the Syrian wars was precisely that: the union of the two kingdoms.

Keywords: Antiochos IV; Egypt; Ptolemaic kingdom; Seleukid kingdom



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