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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC$
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Zosia Archibald, John K. Davies, and Vincent Gabrielsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587926.001.0001

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The Economy of Koile-Syria After the Seleukid Conquest

The Economy of Koile-Syria After the Seleukid Conquest

An Archaeological Contribution

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(p.251) 12 The Economy of Koile-Syria After the Seleukid Conquest
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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC
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Lise Hannestad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587926.003.0012

This chapter examines the territory covered by the modern states of Israel and Jordan, for the period following the conquest of Antiochos III. It discusses how archaeological evidence can show that destruction, economic decline, or even depopulation were not necessarily inevitable for a territory undergoing war and conquest. It demonstrates that on a regional level, when surveys and excavations are combined, archaeology not only contributes to the long term history of a region, but also to its history on quite a short-term basis, in this case the transition from Ptolemaic to Seleukid rule. Furthermore, it is argued that there was a marked growth in wealth and possibly in population during the Seleukid reign compared with the period before 200 BC.

Keywords:   archaeological evidence, war, conquest, Antiochos III, Ptolemaic rule, Seleukid rule

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