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Arche Seleukeia

Seleucid Empire

Macedon
The Seleucid Empire (in yellow)

Capital

Seleucia on the Tigris--(305 BC-240 BC)

Antioch--(240 BC-64 BC)

Language(s)

Greek

Religion

Greek Religion

Government

Monarchy

King

- 305 BC-281 BC Seleucus I Nicator

- 65 BC-63 BC Philip II Philoromaeus

Events

- Established 312 BC

- Antioch captured by Pompey 64 BC

- Last king overruled; Syria made Roman province 63 BC

Currency

Drachma and Obol

Succeeded

Achaemenid Empire

Preceded

Parthian Empire

The Seleucid Empire /sə'lusɪd/ (31263 BC) was a Hellenistic empire, i.e. a successor state of Alexander the Great's empire. The Seleucid Empire was centered in the near East and at the height of its power included central Anatolia, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Persia, today's Turkmenistan, Pamir and parts of Pakistan. It was a major centre of Hellenistic culture which maintained the preeminence of Greek customs and where a Greek-speaking Macedonian élite dominated, mostly in the urban areas.

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