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The Seventh War, The Triumph Of Ptolemy Philometor

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Ptolemy VI had been very successful in his military operations inside Egypt, and in his diplomacy in Rome and Syria and Koile Syria. The civil war in the Seleukid kingdom gave the vigorous Parthian king, Mithradates I, the opportunity to invade Media. Demetrios had contracted with a Cretan force during 148, which was commanded by a mercenary captain called Lasthenes. Ptolemy Philometor, with a 'huge army', and a fleet of ships, arrived in southern Palestine after Jonathan's exploit at Joppa. Philometor had come to Palestine ostensibly to support his son-in-law, and this therefore technically marks the beginning of the Seventh Syrian War, though the real beginning of the fighting was with Demetrios' landing in Kilikia, the event which triggered Ptolemy's military move. Philometor marched on beyond the Eleutheros River as far as Seleukeia- in-Pieria.

Keywords: Palestine; Ptolemy Philometor; Rome; Seleukid kingdom; seventh Syrian war



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