At the height of his powers, he challenged growing Roman power, unimpressed by their recent successes against Carthage and Macedon. His expeditionary force was crushed at Thermopylae and evacuated. Refusing to bow before Roman demands, Antiochus energetically mobilized against Roman invasion, but was again decisively defeated at the epic battle of Magnesia. Despite the loss of territory and prestige enshrined in the subsequent Peace of Apamea, Antiochus III left the Seleucid Empire in far better condition than he found it. Although sometimes presented as a failure against the unstoppable might of Rome, Antiochus III must rank as one of the most energetic and effective rulers of the Ancient world.
In addition to discussing the career of Antiochus III, Michael Taylor examines Seleucid military organization and royal administration.
"...very interesting reading about a man who declared himself the champion of Greek freedom against Roman domination, only to be defeated. "
Toy Soldier and Model Figure Magazine
"... full of events ...the author narrates in a compelling style...wealth of informational aspects"
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
an excellent work for anyone interested in ancient history; informative, lively, and quite readable.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Seleucid Empire 1
Chapter 2 The War with Molon 25
Chapter 3 Seleucid Institutions 41
Chapter 4 The Battle of Raphia 56
Chapter 5 The Defeat of Achaeus 65
Chapter 6 The Anabasis 72
Chapter 7 Brave New World 87
Chapter 8 The Roman War 115
Chapter 9 The Battle of Magnesia 135
Chapter 10 The End of a Dynasty 152
Appendix I Dynasties of the Hellenistic World (to c.150bc) 161
Appendix II Children of Antiochus III 163
Appendix III Seleucid Timeline to 187 BC 165
Appendix IV International Timeline: 220-187 BC 167
Selected Bibliography 184