By Michael Taylor

A teenage king in 223 BC, Antiochus III inherited an empire in shambles, ravaged via civil strife and eroded by way of 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 by way of Ptolemy IV on the conflict of Raphia, his jap campaigns reaffirmed Seleucid hegemony so far as glossy 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 energy, unimpressed by means of their fresh successes opposed to Carthage and Macedon. His expeditionary strength was once overwhelmed at Thermopylae and evacuated. Refusing to bow earlier 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 situation than he came upon it. even supposing occasionally offered as a failure opposed to the unstoppable may of Rome, Antiochus III needs to rank as some of the most lively and powerful 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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