Seleucid Empire

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Seleucid Empire
Diadochi kingdom

323 BC–63 BC


Territories of the Seleucid Empire (in yellow).
Capital Seleucia on the Tigris
(305 BC-240 BC)

(240 BC-64 BC)
Language(s) Greek
Religion Ancient Greek religion
Government Monarchy
 - 305 BC-281 BC Seleucus I Nicator
 - 65 BC-63 BC Philip II Philoromaeus
Historical era Hellenistic
 - Partition of Babylon 323 BC
 - Syria made Roman province 63 BC

The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic (or Ancient Greeks) successor state of Alexander the Great's dominion. At its greatest extent, the Empire comprised central Anatolia, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Persia, Turkmenistan, Pamir and the Indus Valley.

Primarily, it was the successor to the Achaemenid Empire of Persia, and was followed there by the Islamic Caliphate (Rashidun Empire) conquest and rule, from 650s to 660s AD. Later on, much of this area became part of the Umayyad Empire and then the Abbasid Empire.

There were over 30 kings of the Seleucid dynasty from 323 to 60 BC.

The partition of Alexander's empire (323-281 BC)[change | edit source]

Alexander the Great had conquered the Persian Empire later he died young, leaving his huge empire of partly Hellenized culture without an adult heir. The empire was put under the management of a regent in the person of Perdiccas in 323 BC, and the territories were divided between Alexander's generals, who thereby became satraps, at the Partition of Babylon in 323 BC.