The Cities of Seleukid Syria

Hardcover | April 15, 1990

byJohn D. Grainger

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This book is the first detailed study of the foundation, history, government, growth and decline of the cities founded in Syria by Seleukos I in 301BC shortly after the time of Alexander the Great. It throws new light on an important period in ancient history. In particular, Dr Graingerconcentrates on the relationship between the kings and the cities in their kingdoms and reveals that former theories concerning such a relationship require drastic revision. Most importantly the relationship is shown to have been much more to the kings' advantage than previous discussions onHellenistic states have supposed. He argues in fact that neither the kings nor the cities intended the cities to be autonomous or independent since they were far too reliant on royal support against the enmity of the surrounding population. Evidence for this can be seen in the actions of the citieson the collapse of the Seleukid dynasty in the first century BC; then they were forced to cast about for a new protector and eventually accepted Rome albeit reluctantly. Dr Grainger discusses the differing fate of the cities during this process when some failed altogether, most declined, and onlyone, Antioch, prospered.

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This book is the first detailed study of the foundation, history, government, growth and decline of the cities founded in Syria by Seleukos I in 301BC shortly after the time of Alexander the Great. It throws new light on an important period in ancient history. In particular, Dr Graingerconcentrates on the relationship between the kings...

John D. Grainger is at Bridley Moor High School, Redditch.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 15, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198146949

ISBN - 13:9780198146940

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'This book is an intricate work of reconstruction, based on honest labour and familiarity with the Syrian terrain.'Times Literary Supplement