16- Seleucus I ‘the Gifted’

As promised, this episode is going to be a recap of our narrative so far, stretching from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 until the death of Seleucus in 281. Along the way, I give you my two cents on the man, as well as the new, shiny, 21st-century epithet. It’s time to review the life of the man known to contemporaries as Seleucus Nicator- Seleucus the Victor. Then, as promised, we’ll be into special episode territory for a while to allow you all some time to breathe before we jump back in with Antiochus I on May 8th.

Sources for this episode are the same as before, with the addition of: 1) Lendering, J., Livius (2002, modified 2020), Diadochi 1: The Babylon Settlement (online) [Accessed 06/01/2021]. 2) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Eumenes (online) [Accessed 07/02/2021, used for his date of death] 3) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown, Philip III of Macedon (online) [Accessed 07/02/2021].

Quick aside- I’ve recently found out that the conference of Triparadeisus is placed at either 321 or 320 BCE depending on the source. Grainger, Kosmin and Lendering seem to agree on 320, while Bevan and the Wikipedia article on the matter say 321. I’ve left it in because the date is disputed, but just know that there is another option.

A statue of Seleucus I from Roman times, copied from a Greek statue. By Allan Gluck – Allan Gluck, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85414285 No changes have been made.
A silver coin of Seleucus I. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=163576

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