Dynastic Wars, 260–145 BC

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Abstract

Division of the post-Alexander world did not lead to a cessation of hostilities. Competition for influence in the Aegean Greek world led to several substantial naval engagements, while competing claims to Palestine and Syria resulted in a series of “Syrian” wars between Ptolemies and Seleucids. One result of these protracted conflicts, which diminished Macedonian resources and forced the successor kingdoms to rely increasingly on non-Greek forces, was the emergence of other powers: the Parthians on the Iranian plateau and Pergamum in western Asia Minor, where Gallic migrants had been threatening the safety of Greek cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient Battles
EditorsMichael Whitby, Harry Sidebottom
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
Pages629-647
Number of pages19
VolumeII
ISBN (Print)9781405186452
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017

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Keywords

  • Hellenistic
  • History
  • Antigonids
  • Gauls
  • navies
  • Parthia
  • Pergamum
  • Ptolemies
  • Rome
  • Seleucids

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McKechnie, P. (2017). Dynastic Wars, 260–145 BC. In M. Whitby, & H. Sidebottom (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient Battles (Vol. II, pp. 629-647). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119099000.wbabat0280