Lesson 9 - Seleucid Rule I

Jan 23, 2024

With a new century dawning, change was on the way. The Ptolemaic empire was in trouble, with domestic threats across Egypt and growing tensions with Antiochus and Seleucia. Sosibius and Agathocles, the regents who were in charge after Ptolemy IV’s sudden death, were publicly lynched by the army in an attempted coup in 202 BC. Antiochus seized this moment and began to advance to the south toward Egypt. The fifth Syrian War had started.