Seleucis of Syria

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Seleucis of Syria
Region of Seleucid Empire
Asia minor-Shepherd 1923 Syria.jpg
Historical eraHellenistic era
Succeeded by
Roman Syria
Today part of

Seleucis of Syria (Ancient Greek: Σελευκίς τῆς Συρίας Seleukís tês Surías)[1] was a region of the Seleucid Empire located in northern Syria. It was also known as the Syrian Tetrapolis,

on account of its four most important cities, for it had many. These four were, Antioch, Seleuceia in Pieria, Apameia, and Laodiceia (xvi. p. 749). It also comprehended, according to Strabo, four satrapies; and it is clear that he uses the name in a much wider sense than Ptolemy, who places the four cities of the tetrapolis of Strabo's Seleucis in so many separate districts; Antioch in Cassiotis, Apameia in Apamene, Laodiceia in Laodicene, while he only implies, but does not state, that Seleuceia lies in Seleucis."[2]


The four cities had been founded by Seleucus Nicator;[5][6]

  • Antioch—named after his father and the largest city.
  • Laodiceia—after his mother.
  • Apameia—after his wife Apama.
  • Seleuceia in Pieria—eponym of Seleucus.[7]
Map of the Orontes River. White lines are country borders, river names are italic on a blue background, current cities or major towns on white backgrounds, other places of significance on orange backgrounds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Strabo, Geography, 16.2.2
  2. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), William Smith, LLD, Ed.
  3. ^ Erickson, Kyle (12 November 2018). The Early Seleukids, their Gods and their Coins. ISBN 9781351811071.Mikhail Ivanovitch Rostovtzev (1926). The Social and economic history of the Roman empire, Volume 2 (Paperback ed.). Biblo-Moser. p. 244. ISBN 0-8196-2164-1.
  4. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed., s.v. 'Seleucia'.
  5. ^ Strabo (1889). The geography of Strabo. Bell. p. 161. p. 161 at Google Books
  6. ^ "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) William Smith, LLD, Ed". Perseus. Retrieved 5 June 2015. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, illustrated by numerous engravings on wood. William Smith, LLD. London. Walton and Maberly, Upper Gower Street and Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row; John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1854.
  7. ^ Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain) (1842). Penny cyclopaedia of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge. C. Knight. pp. 476–. Antient Divisions of Syria. –Under the Macedonian kings Syria was divided into four parts (tetrarchies), which were named after their capitals, Antioch, Seleuceia, Apamea, and Laodicea. (Image of p. 476 at Google Books)