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Syria Divided

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The confrontation between Seleukos and Ptolemy was one between two kings who were relatively the weakest, in manpower, of those now controlling the lands of former Persian Empire (Syria). There were also in existence, when Seleukos and Ptolemy agreed to disagree over control of country, a number of places which had been given Greek or Macedonian names, such as Pella, after Macedon's capital. The region Ptolemy and Seleukos divided between them in 302-301 was large, geographically complex, but very differentially developed. Seleukos had no choice but to accept the situation contrived by Ptolemy's annexation of Phoenicia and Palestine. Ptolemy complained that other kings had divided the spoils without reference to him; the story was floated that he had scuttled back to Egypt at the rumour of Antigonos' approach; Seleukos showed his propaganda skill by announcing that Ptolemy as his friend, and refusing to fight him for lands they both claimed.

Keywords: Antigono; Macedonian; Palestine; Persian Empire; Phoenicia; Ptolemy; Seleukos; Syria



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