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By G. G. Aperghis

The Seleukid empire, the critical successor-state of the empire of Alexander the good, continued for over two hundred years and prolonged from the Mediterranean Sea to the borders of India at its height. This wide-ranging learn of the economic system of the empire unearths how the rulers exploited their lands and matters, undertook the construction of towns, brought coinage, financed their armies and management and controlled their funds.

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Adams 1958: 40–1. Sherwin-White and Kuhrt 1993: 17–18. See Sherwin-White and Kuhrt (1993: 72–90) for a summary of political developments in the Upper Satrapies in the third century bc. 36 Alexander had tried to make the Ouxioi submit to a condition of tribute (Arr. Anab. 6) and had attempted also to reduce the Kossaioi (Arr. Anab. 2–3), but probably with only temporary success, since Antigonos Monophthalmos was soon compelled to fight his way through against the Kossaioi (Diod. 2–8).

In the reign of Seleukos II, then, the Seleukid empire suffered its first serious territorial amputations at its two extremities: Asia Minor in the West and Parthia, Baktria and other regions in the East. The southern coast of Asia Minor, as far as Kilikia Tracheia, remained firmly in the hands of the Ptolemies. e. Seleukos III (225–223 bc) An attempt to retake western Asia Minor was initiated by Seleukos III in his very short reign, but without tangible results. f. Antiochos III (223–187 bc) At this low point of its territorial extent, the Seleukid empire was fortunate in acquiring a young ruler with considerable administrative and military capabilities, whose long reign, after a difficult start, constituted a series of important conquests and reconquests in all directions, that mostly came to naught after one crushing defeat.

In the reign of Seleukos II, then, the Seleukid empire suffered its first serious territorial amputations at its two extremities: Asia Minor in the West and Parthia, Baktria and other regions in the East. The southern coast of Asia Minor, as far as Kilikia Tracheia, remained firmly in the hands of the Ptolemies. e. Seleukos III (225–223 bc) An attempt to retake western Asia Minor was initiated by Seleukos III in his very short reign, but without tangible results. f. Antiochos III (223–187 bc) At this low point of its territorial extent, the Seleukid empire was fortunate in acquiring a young ruler with considerable administrative and military capabilities, whose long reign, after a difficult start, constituted a series of important conquests and reconquests in all directions, that mostly came to naught after one crushing defeat.

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