Antiochus Hierax

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Antiochus Hierax (/ænˈt.əkəs ˈhaɪəræks/; Greek: Ἀντίoχoς Ἱέραξ, transl. “Hawk”), or Antiochus III, (killed c. 226 BC), so called from his grasping and ambitious character,[1] was the younger son of Antiochus II and Laodice I and separatist leader in the Hellenistic Seleucid kingdom, who ruled as king of Syria during his brother's reign.

On the death of his father, in 246 BCE, Antiochus waged war on his brother Seleucus II Callinicus, in order to seize Anatolia for himself as an independent kingdom. He defeated his brother at the Battle of Ancyra in 235 BC. But Antiochus was at of length entirely defeated, chiefly through the efforts of Attalus, king of Pergamon, who defeated him at the Battle of the Harpasus and drove him out of Anatolia. Antiochus subsequently fled to Egypt where he was killed by robbers in c. 226 BC.

He married a daughter of Ziaelas, king of Bithynia, born c. 245 BC.[2]

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  1. ^ Plutarch, Sayings of Kings and Commanders, p.184; On Brotherly Love, p.489
  2. ^ Justin, Epitome of Pompeius Trogus, xxvii. 2-3; Polyaenus, Stratagemata, iv. 17; Eusebius, Chronicon (Schoene ed.), pag. 251; Pompeius Trogus, Prologi, 27;

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.