Re: Alexander Balas
- 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 email@example.com, "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.