Antiochus, son of Seleucus IV

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A coin bearing the portrait of the Seleucid king Antiochos, son of Seleukos IV
Antiochos' portrait on the obverse of a tetradrachm
Seleucid King
Reign175–170 BC
PredecessorSeleucus IV
SuccessorAntiochus IV
Bornc. 180 BC
Died170 BC
FatherSeleucus IV
MotherLaodice IV

Antiochus (Greek: Ἀντίοχος; c. 180 – 170 BC) was a Hellenistic monarch of the Seleucid Empire reigning between 175 and 170 BC.


Antiochus' year of birth is not specified by ancient historians, but his portrait known from his coins indicate that he was approximately five years old when he assumed the throne in 175 BC. He was the younger son of King Seleucus IV and his wife Laodice IV.[1] The Empire was obligated by the 188 BC Treaty of Apamea, signed after King Antiochus III lost a war against the Romans, to send a hostage to Rome; at first, Antiochus' uncle Antiochus IV was sent as a hostage. After Antiochus III's death in 187 BC, Seleucus IV replaced his brother Antiochus IV with his own eldest son and heir Demetrius I, since Rome considered it important that a son of the reigning king be a hostage. The exchange took place before 178 BC.[2]

The death of Seleucus IV in 175 BC and the presence of Demetrius I in Rome led to the young Antiochus proclamation as king,[3] but the minister Heliodorus who probably killed Seleucus IV held the real power.[1] Antiochus IV soon arrived in Syria and proclaimed himself a co-ruler, in a succession that was illegal.[3] Antiochus IV disposed of Heliodorus and kept his nephew in the shadow.[4] The young Antiochus died in 170/169 BC (145 SE (Seleucid year)), possibly on the orders of Antiochus IV.[note 1][6]


  1. ^ Some dates in the article are given according to the Seleucid era which is indicated when two years have a slash separating them. Each Seleucid year started in the late autumn of a Gregorian year; thus, a Seleucid year overlaps two Gregorian ones.[5]



  1. ^ a b Gera 1998, p. 110.
  2. ^ Allen 2019, p. 137.
  3. ^ a b Sartre 2009, p. 243.
  4. ^ Gera 1998, p. 115.
  5. ^ Biers 1992, p. 13.
  6. ^ Wright 2005, p. 78.


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