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By Michael Taylor

ISBN-10: 1848844638

ISBN-13: 9781848844636

A teenage king in 223 BC, Antiochus III inherited an empire in shambles, ravaged by way of civil strife and eroded through territorial secessions. He proved himself a real inheritor of Alexander: he defeated insurgent armies and launched into a crusade of conquest and reunification. even though repulsed via Ptolemy IV on the conflict of Raphia, his jap campaigns reaffirmed Seleucid hegemony so far as sleek Afghanistan and Pakistan. Returning westward, he defeated Ptolemy V at Panion (200 BC) and succeeded in including Koile Syria to the Seleucid realm. 

At the peak of his powers, he challenged growing to be Roman strength, unimpressed by way of their contemporary successes opposed to Carthage and Macedon. His expeditionary strength was once overwhelmed at Thermopylae and evacuated. Refusing to bow sooner than Roman calls for, Antiochus energetically mobilized opposed to Roman invasion, yet used to be back decisively defeated on the epic conflict of Magnesia. regardless of the lack of territory and status enshrined within the next Peace of Apamea, Antiochus III left the Seleucid Empire in much better than he came upon it. even though occasionally offered as a failure opposed to the unstoppable may of Rome, Antiochus III needs to rank as essentially the most full of life and potent rulers of the traditional world.

As good as narrating the eventful profession of Antiochus III, Michael Taylor examines Seleucid army association and royal administration.

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