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The Legacy Of Philometor

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A new Seleukid civil war grew directly out of the events of 147-145. One of the two men who had been in partial control of Antioch when Ptolemy and Alexander were allied survived the confusion of the deaths of the kings. He was Diodotos, from Kasiana, a village in the territory of Apameia; his partner Hierax returned to Egypt, where he was identified as a partisan of Philometor and executed by Ptolemy Euergetes. Mithradates' invasion of Babylonia and Media was accompanied by the assumption of effective independence by the governors of the provinces to the south. The legacy of Ptolemy Philometor's war affected the land he had hoped to acquire, for Koile Syria, which the dynasties had fought over for a century and a half, had now, under the impact of the latest of these wars, begun to fragment.

Keywords: Egypt; Koile Syria; Ptolemy Philometor; Seleukid civil war



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