Re: [seleukids] Alexander Balas - son of Epiphanes and his mistress Antiochis?
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From: "Jens" <jens.jakobsson@...>
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2012 4:10 PM
Subject: [seleukids] Alexander Balas - son of Epiphanes and his mistress
> However, this interpretation is just a suggestion. It is also a strange
> coincidence that Epiphanes' mistress should have had a royal Seleucid
> name - this may be a conflation by 2nd Macc, which by no means is an
> infallible source. Could Epiphanes possibly have given the two cities to
> his sister Antiochis, queen of Cappadocia, which was of course also a
> region bordering on Cilicia?
Not wishing to support one interpretation over another, but could Epiphanes
given the income from the two cities to his sister to enable her to spread
influence in Asia Minor.
- Polybius was very skeptical about Balas (33.18) and Appian
asserts he was a liar (Syr.67).
He was supported by the Attalids, and had the nod
from the Roman senate.
But I think his marriage to Cleopatra Thea provides the
strongest hint; it is unlikely the Ptolemies ( Ptolemy
vi )would have allowed a Priness to marry a commoner usurper.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jens" <jens.jakobsson@...> wrote:
> Dear group,
> in an earlier thread, I tried to make a hypothetical case for making
> sense of Alexander II Zabinas's claims to an authentic Seleucid
> heritage. Nicholas Wright then pointed out that there is reason be
> sceptical of the consensus among ancient historians that Alexander II -
> and his alleged father Alexander I Balas - were impostors.