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A series of wars between two polities for possession of the same territory spread over two centuries inevitably had effects both on Koile Syria and on a much wider region. The conflicts themselves were all different in larger or smaller degrees, in the territory fought over, and in the conduct of the fighting, and a major change came with the two wars of Antiochos III. In the Seleukid kingdom the king was essential to holding the state together, a condition which enforced regular royal movements through much of the kingdom. The seriousness of dynastic disputes was clearly shown by the Seleukid collapse in 246. By the time of the generation following the deaths of Antiochos III and Ptolemy V, however, dynastic disputes became endemic in each family.

Keywords: Antiochos III; Koile Syria; Ptolemy V; Seleukid kingdom



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