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Prologue: Syria's Importance Revealed

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Alexander's campaign of conquest in the Persian Empire, for those who took part in it, was a continuing education in strategy, and in no place was this more obviously the case than in the conquest of Syria. Alexander's contemporaries and companions were, of course, much more numerous, though much less so than at the start of his time. Syria was not itself rich or populous enough to be a power source, and it was surrounded by the other lands which were major sources of power - Asia Minor, Egypt, Babylonia. One of the primary aims of the expedition was to create an opportunity for Seleukos to ride to Babylonia, which he had to do through Syria. Ptolemy was able to regain control of southern Syria in the immediate result, though this did not last. Ptolemy was already on control of much of central and southern Syria.

Keywords: Alexander's campaign; southern Syria



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