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The Ninth, And Last,War

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The wars for Syria which were waged between the Ptolemaic and Seleukid dynasties from 301 BC had resulted essentially in the grievous weakening of both powers. The intermarriages of Ptolemies and Seleukids had continued in the 120s with the marriage of Tryphaina, the daughter of Euergetes and Kleopatra III, to Antiochos VIII Grypos, as a sign of their alliance against Alexander Zabeinas. Kyzikenos, dominant in the Palestinian area, was called in by the citizens and attempted to break the siege, but failed, being defeated in battle by Hyrkanos' son Aristoboulos. The Seleukid fraternal war had meant that cities such as Ptolemais-Ake and Gaza - and perhaps Samaria and Skythopolis as well - had been compelled to become politically autonomous.

Keywords: Antiochos VIII; Ptolemies; Seleukids; Syria



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