Hellenistic Court Society: The Seleukid Imperial Court under Antiochos the Great, 223-187 BCE
During the Hellenistic Age – roughly the last three centuries BCE – the political history of the eastern Ancient World was dominated by three Macedonian dynasties: the Seleukids, ruling a vast empire in the Middle East and Central Asia (312-64 BCE); the Antigonid kings of Macedonia, who tried to control Greece and the Balkans until their kingdom was destroyed by the Romans in 168 BCE; and the Ptolemies (323-30 BCE), who ruled a maritime empire in the eastern Mediterranean from their capital Alexandria, an empire which comprised Egypt but was not therefore an Egyptian empire. In the second century BCE, the Attalid kingdom, based in Pergamon, emerged as the predominant state in the Aegean region, and around 100 Pontos on the Black Sea and Armenia temporarily became major Hellenistic powers.
(c) 2011 Rolf Strootman, Utrecht University, History and Art history, Faculty Member
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