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The Legacy of AlexanderPolitics, Warfare, and Propaganda under the Successors$
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A. B. Bosworth

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198153061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153061.001.0001

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The Rise of Seleucus

The Rise of Seleucus

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(p.210) 6 The Rise of Seleucus
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The Legacy of Alexander
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A. B. Bosworth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153061.003.0006

Seleucus' rise to power is perhaps the most spectacular event of the period of the Successors. Expelled from his satrapy by Antigonus in the summer of 316 BC, he was able to retrieve it four years later and did so with a force which was remarkably small by any standards. Not only did he regain Babylonia, but he beat off an attack by Nicanor, the general supervising the upper satrapies, and immediately took the offensive, extending his dominions to Susiana, Media, and perhaps even further afield. All that took place within a year of his entering Babylonia, and a year later, in the summer of 310 BC, he was coping with a full-scale invasion by Antigonus. He did not merely survive; he forced Antigonus out of his territories, never to resume the offensive, and by 305 BC he had penetrated to the Indus valley, placing almost all the satraps of the eastern empire under his sway. This chapter chronicles Seleucus' rise to power and attempts to explain his success.

Keywords:   Seleucus, Antigonus, Babylonia, satrapies, armies, Nicanor, Syria

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