Edwyn Bevan (1870–1943) remarks in his preface to this two-volume work of 1902 that there is 'much to discourage an attempt to write a history of the Seleucid dynasty', notably 'how often the narrative must halt for deficiency of materials'. However, Bevan, a scholar of early Christianity as well as of the Hellenistic period, pulls together written and archaeological sources to present an account of the creation of an eastern empire by Seleucus, one of the successors of Alexander the Great. Beginning with an account of Hellenism in the east, Bevan describes the conflict between the generals after Alexander's death, and the complexity of the events which led Seleucus from governorship in Babylon to exile, and to the eventual conquest of an empire which spread from the Aegean Sea to the borders of India. Volume 1 covers the period until the succession of Antiochus III in 222 BCE.
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- Date Published: November 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108082754
- length: 356 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 140 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Hellenism in the east
2. The physical environment
4. Events in the east, 321–316
5. Seleucus conquers the east
6. From Ipsus to the death of Seleucus
7. The problems of Asia Minor
8. Antiochus I, Soter
9. Antiochus II, Theos
10. Seleucus II, Kallinikos and Seleucus III, Soter
15. The first years of Antiochus III (223–216)
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