Antioco II, Laodice I e il network matrimoniale anatolico

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Antiochus II, Laodice I and the Anatolian marriage network

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The Seleucid dynasty developed over time and space a marriage network capable of responding to specific political and military objectives. This network played a fundamental role in the management of the monarchy especially between 281 and 223 BC. Starting from the reign of Antiochus I and Stratonice I, the reigning dynasty in fact diversified the marriage practices involving also some exponents of the local Anatolian dynasties, who acquired greater political and military influence within the royal family during the subsequent reigns of Antiochus II, Seleucus II, Seleucus III and Antiochus III. The contribution therefore collects and analyzes the testimonies on marriage ties tightened by the Seleucids in the third century BC. contextualizing them within the coeval diplomatic panorama in order to highlight both the motivations underlying the individual wedding strategies, and the impact that these epigamia had on the kingdom itself, since they oriented the flow of economic and military interests of the royal house and the class manager. Above all, it is highlighted how the numerous Anatolian epigamia of Antiochus II and Laodice I, tightened in an antigalatic function, not only diluted the main line of succession, but gradually weakened it, transforming the notables of Asia Minor into potential independent dynasts. Ultimately it is observed how the marriage choices of the third century contributed to induce Antiochus III and Laodice III to put a stop to the Anatolian attempts at secession by orienting the Basileia towards a new idea of dynasty, where the royal couple was markedly and publicly distinct from the others. families of the ruling class of the kingdom.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Antiochus II, Laodice I and the Anatolian marriage network
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)21-42
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Kingship
  • Leadership
  • Political History
  • Seleucid


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