Antiochus XII Dionysus
|Antiochus XII Dionysus|
Antiochus XII's portrait on the obverse of a tetradrachm
|King of Syria (Seleucid Empire)|
|Predecessor||Demetrius III, Philip I|
|Successor||Philip I, Antiochus XIII, Cleopatra Selene|
Antiochus XII Dionysus Epiphanes Philopator Callinicus (Ancient Greek: Ἀντίοχος Διόνυσος Ἐπιφανής Φιλοπάτωρ Καλλίνικος; unknown – 82 BC) was a Hellenistic Seleucid monarch who reigned as King of Syria between 87 and 82 BC. The youngest son of Antiochus VIII and, most likely, his Egyptian wife Tryphaena, Antiochus XII lived during a period of civil war between his father and his uncle Antiochus IX, which ended with the assassination of Antiochus VIII in 96 BC. Four of Antiochus XII's brothers laid claim to the throne, eliminated Antiochus IX as a claimant and waged war against his heir Antiochus X.
By 87 BC, only two claimants remained, both brothers of Antiochus XII: Philip I, and Demetrius III, whose control was initially centered in Damascus but later extended over most of Syria. Demetrius III was defeated by his brother and went into exile in Parthia allowing Antiochus XII to gain control of Damascus while Philip I remained in the Syrian capital Antioch. Antiochus XII consolidated his territory within inner Syria and did not seek to expand into Philip I's territories. He focused his attention on the southern reaches into which the Judaeans and Nabataeans sought to expand.
Antiochus XII reinforced his southern frontier and warred with his neighbours, conducting two campaigns against Nabataea, including a number of engagements with Judea. After numerous victories in his first campaign, Antiochus XII was killed at the Battle of Cana in 82 BC, towards the end of his second campaign against the Nabateans. Damascus was captured by the forces of the Nabatean king, Aretas III, and the Syrian throne was claimed by the widow of Antiochus X, Cleopatra Selene, and her son Antiochus XIII.
Name and background
Antiochus, Greek for "resolute in contention", was a dynastic name borne by many Seleucid monarchs. The first Antiochus was father of the Seleucid dynasty's founder, Seleucus I, who named the capital of Syria, Antioch, in his honour. Antiochus XII was born between 125 BC, the wedding year of his parents, Antiochus VIII and Tryphaena, and 111 BC, when his mother was killed by his father's half-brother Antiochus IX, who fought with Antiochus VIII from 113 BC to about 98 BC for the throne of Syria. Cleopatra Selene, the sister of Tryphaena, became the second wife of Antiochus VIII.
Antiochus XII was the fifth and youngest son of Antiochus VIII and his Ptolemaic Egyptian wife Tryphaena;[note 1] his brothers were Seleucus VI, Antiochus XI, Philip I and Demetrius III. Following the assassination of his father in 96 BC, Antiochus XII's brothers all laid claim to the throne and fought with Antiochus IX and his son Antiochus X, both of whom married Cleopatra Selene. By 88 BC, only Demetrius III and Philip I remained; Demetrius III was originally based in Damascus before extending his authority to most of Syria. He was defeated by Philip I and his Parthian allies in 87 BC and exiled to Parthia, where he died of an unknown illness. Philip I took control of the capital, while Cleopatra Selene, now a widow, took shelter in Ptolemais with her sons by Antiochus X.
The departure of Demetrius III left a power vacuum in Damascus that was filled by Antiochus XII. Coins minted during the reign of Demetrius III are dated to the Seleucid year (SE) 225 (88/87 BC),[note 2] while the earliest coins minted during the reign of Antiochus XII have the date 226 SE (87/86 BC), suggesting that there was a rapid assumption of power by Antiochus XII. Monarchs of the Hellenistic period did not use regnal numbers, which is a more modern practice, but instead used epithets to distinguish themselves from similarly named monarchs; Antiochus XII used the epithets Epiphanes (illustrious), Philopator (father-loving), Callinicus (nobly victorious) and Dionysus, which served to emphasize the ancestry of his grandfather Demetrius II in contrast to the line of Antiochus VII, the brother of Demetrius II, which was represented by Antiochus IX and his descendants. The epithet Epiphanes was previously used by his father, Antiochus VIII, while Callinicus may have been an echo of Demetrius II's epithet, Nikator (victorious).[note 3] His use of Dionysius was likely meant to associate him with the Greek god of wine in his role as conqueror of the East.[note 4] Antiochus XII was depicted on coinage with an exaggerated hawked nose in the likeness of his father, as a means of strengthening the legitimacy of his succession.
Policy and territory
According to historian Alfred Bellinger, Antiochus XII may have received assistance from Ptolemaic Egypt to gain his throne. This view is reflected in Antiochus XII's policies, which were targeted at the south but not towards expansion within Syria. His dominion was limited to inner Syria, centered on Damascus, which served as his capital and primary mint,[note 5] although other minting facilities were available at Tel Anafa. Antiochus XII also ruled over the town of Gadara, governed by an official named Philotas. In 100 BC, Gadara had been conquered by Hasmonean Judaean king Alexander Jannaeus, who partially destroyed its walls, but it was recaptured by the Seleucids in 93 BC.[note 6] Gadara held great strategic importance for Syria as it served as a major military hub for operations in the south. Controlling it was vital to the war effort against the Judaeans, which led Antiochus to rebuild the city's defenses in 228 SE (85/84 BC). Historian Aryeh Kasher suggested that Antiochus XII dug what the first century historian Josephus called the "trench of Antiochus" (or valley of Antiochus) to protect Damascus from the Nabataeans; the trench was probably located in the Hula Valley.
Seleucid coins often had depictions of their Greek deities, but the silver coinage of Antiochus XII depicted the supreme Semitic god Hadad on the reverse, possibly in recognition of the shrinking borders of the kingdom, which convinced the monarch of the importance of the local cults. According to Bellinger, the use of Hadad indicated that Antiochus XII placed focus on his "intention of being first and foremost king of Damascus". During his reign, Demetrius III had also depicted a Semitic deity, Atargatis, on his currency. The change of coin imagery from Atargatis to Hadad probably served two goals: to imply that Antiochus XII had a different policy focus than his predecessor, and to demonstrate his intention of maintaining a good relationship with the Semitic population of Damascus, who comprised the majority of the population, in order to avoid tension with Greek settlers.
Seleucid kings presented themselves as protectors of Hellenism and patronised intellectuals and philosophers, but Antiochus XII may have adopted a different attitude; he ordered the expulsion of such scholars.[note 7]
Early in his reign, Antiochus XII attacked the Nabataeans and the Judaeans, whose territories both lay to the south; this conflict was recorded by Josephus, although he made no mention of the name of the Nabataean king. Josephus mentioned two campaigns against the Nabataeans, but did not explain the motives leading the Syrian king to attack them. Modern scholars presented several theories; in the view of Israel Shatzman, Antiochus XII may have feared the growing power of the Nabataeans who were expanding in southern Syria. Zayn Bilkadi suggested that Antiochus XII wanted to take control over the Nabataeans' crude oil industry, while Alexander Fantalkin and Oren Tal suggested that the Nabataeans actively supported Philip I in his attempts to take control over Antiochus XII's realm.
First Nabataean campaign and the incursions of Philip I
Historian Uranius of Apamea wrote a work titled Arabica, which has been dated to 300 AD; the book itself is lost, but information from it is preserved in the work of Stephanus of Byzantium. In the account of Uranius, King Antigonus I (reigned 306–301 BC) is killed at Motho by a king of the Arabs named Rabbel. The name Motho could refer to a northern city in Hauran or a southern city in Moab.[note 8] The name of Antigonus was regularly "corrected" to Antiochus by different scholars who believed that Uranius was referring to Antiochus XII. Historian Józef Milik rejected the practice of correcting Uranius' work. Antigonus I was actually killed in 301 BC at the Battle of Ipsus; Milik believed that instead of Antigonus I or Antiochus XII, the passage refers to Athenaeus, an official of Antigonus who fought the Nabataeans.
The first Nabataean campaign was launched in 87 BC, and might have included a battle near Motho, modern Imtan in the region of Hauran, as proposed by historian Hans Peter Roschinski, who drew on the writings of Stephanus of Byzantium. Roschinski considered it conceivable that Stephanus was conflating two events taking place during the reign of the Nabataean king Rabbel I: a battle of the first Nabataean campaign at Motho in the north, and the battle from the second Nabataean campaign in which Antiochus XII was killed. Shatzman, on the other hand, noted that nowhere in his work did Stephanus indicate that the battle of Motho took place in the north.
Taking advantage of his brother's absence, Philip I seized Damascus, aided by the governor of the city's citadel, Milesius, who betrayed Antiochus XII and opened the gates for Philip I. According to Josephus, Milesius received no reward from Philip I, who attributed the betrayal to the general's fear, leading Milesius to betray Philip I, who had left the city to attend an event in the nearby hippodrome. The general closed the gates, locking Philip I out, and awaited the return of Antiochus XII who had hastily ended his campaign when he heard of his brother's occupation of the city.[note 9] Modern scholars noted that Seleucid currency, struck during campaigns against a rival (or usurper), portrayed the king sporting a beard. During his first two years, Antiochus XII's visage appeared beardless, but this changed in 85–84 BC as evidenced by coins dated to this period. This is possibly related to Philip I's attack on Damascus, but this supposition has little support, as Antiochus XII failed to take any action against his brother. No coins were minted during the period that Philip I held Damascus, indicating only a brief occupation of the city.
Second Nabataean campaign, war in Judea and death
Although his territory directly abutted Nabataean territory, Antiochus XII instead chose to march his forces through Judaea along the coast, probably to attack the Nabataean dominated Negev, which would have cut off the port city of Gaza, threatened Nabataean Mediterranean trade, and curbed Nabataean ambitions in the Transjordan. In addition, this route would have allowed Antiochus XII to keep Alexander Jannaeus at bay. According to Josephus, the Judaean king feared Antiochus XII's intentions and ordered the "Yannai Line" to be built, which consisted of a trench that fronted a defensive wall dotted with wooden towers. The trench stretched 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Caphersaba to the sea near Joppa. Antiochus XII leveled the trench, burned the fortifications, and continued his march into Nabataean territory.
The account of the campaign, written by Josephus, is subject to some debate; the historian wrote that Antiochus XII's forces defeated those of Alexander Jannaeus, but the eighth-century historian George Syncellus mentioned a defeat suffered by Antiochus XII at the hands of the Judaean king.[note 10] The existence of the Yannai Line has been questioned by several historians,[note 11] and Josephus' explanation of Alexander Jannaeus' attempt to stop the march of Antiochus XII, because of his fears of the latter's intentions, is unsatisfactory. Both the Nabataeans and Syrians were enemies of Judea and it would have been to Alexander Jannaeus' benefit if those two powers were in conflict. Syncellus may have been referring to an earlier confrontation between the Syrian king and Alexander Jannaeus. Thus, the statement of Syncellus supports the notion that Antiochus XII's second Nabataean campaign was also aimed at Judea; perhaps Antiochus XII sought to annex the coastal cities of Alexander Jannaeus as a retribution for the defeat mentioned by Syncellus. Another objective would be subduing the Judaeans to keep them from attacking Syria while Antiochus XII was busy in Nabataea.
The final engagement between the forces of Antiochus XII and the Nabataeans occurred near the village of Cana,[note 12] the location of which is unknown, but is generally assumed by modern scholars to be southwest of the Dead Sea. Historian Siegfried Mittmann considered it to be synonymous with Qina, modern day Horvat Uza, as mentioned by Josephus in book 15 of his Antiquities. Details of the battle, as written by Josephus, spoke of the Nabataeans employing a feigned retreat, then counterattacking the Syrian forces before their ranks could be ordered. Antiochus XII managed to rally his troops and weathered the attack although he was killed in the resulting combat. The year of Antiochus XII's death is debated, but his last coins struck in Damascus are dated to 230 SE (83/82 BC).
Aftermath and legacy
According to Josephus, the death of the king resulted in a rout of the Syrian forces with many being killed in the field or during the retreat. Survivors of the rout sheltered in Cana where most died of starvation. Antiochus XII was the last energetic Seleucid king. Little is recorded of Philip I after his attempt at annexing Damascus, which was left without a protector after the death of Antiochus XII. Fearing the Ituraean ruler, Ptolemy of Chalcis, the people of Damascus invited Aretas III of Nabataea to take the city.[note 13] However, the numismatist Oliver D. Hoover suggested that Aretas III did not hold Damascus for long before the city returned to Seleucid possession.
The identity of Antiochus XII's wife remains unknown, but according to the sixth-century Byzantine monk and historian John Malalas, whose work is considered generally unreliable by scholars, the king had two daughters, Cleopatra and Antiochis. The widow of Antiochus X, Cleopatra Selene, who went into hiding after the death of her husband in 224 SE (89/88 BC), took advantage of Antiochus XII's death and declared her son Antiochus XIII king, with herself as queen regent and regnant. Coins struck during her regency show signs of Damascus' mint. Archaeologist Nicholas L. Wright suggested that Cleopatra Selene's takeover of Damascus took place after 80 BC. Josephus called Antiochus XII the last Seleucid king, and Malalas, according to the translation of historian Glanville Downey, followed suit; the last Seleucid king was in fact Antiochus XIII (dethroned in 64 BC).[note 14]
- Ancient sources do not mention the name of Antiochus XII's mother but it is generally assumed by modern scholars that she was Tryphaena, who was mentioned explicitly by Porphyry as the mother of Antiochus XII's older twin brothers, Antiochus XI and Philip I.
- Some dates in the article are given according to the Seleucid era. Each Seleucid year started in the late autumn of a Gregorian year; thus, a Seleucid year overlaps two Gregorian ones.
- It could also mean that he was portraying himself as an able warrior capable of defending his people against his enemies, the Nabataeans.
- Dionysus had many functions including his role as a god of vegetation which is probably not the reason why Antiochus XII invoked him in his epithet.
Since both his mother and grandmother were Ptolemaic, it is also possible that he meant to emphasize his Ptolemaic descent since Dionysus was an epithet used by Ptolemaic kings.
- Ernest Babelon attributed some of the king's coins to the mint of Ptolemais, based on the existence of the monogram , but this attribution was rejected by Edward Theodore Newell, which is the academic consensus. The monogram appeared on a minority of the coins issued in Ptolemais and it also appeared on coins issued in other cities, making the use of it to determine a certain mint futile.
- The Nabataean king Obodas I defeated the Judaeans at some point before 93 BC; this is deduced from the account of Josephus, who stated that following the defeat, Alexander Jannaeus was caught in a civil war that lasted for six years. Since this war ended only with the intervention of Demetrius III who lost his throne in 87 BC, then the year 93 BC is the terminus post quem for the defeat. Philotas commissioned an inscription, dated to 228 SE (85/84 BC), celebrating the reconstruction of Gadara's defensive walls. It seems that Gadara freed itself from Judea following the latter's defeat at the hands of the Nabataeans.
- A letter from a king named Antiochus, regarding the expulsion of all philosophers from the kingdom, is contained in the Deipnosophistae written by the second century rhetorician Athenaeus. The king wanted the philosophers exiled for corrupting young men; the latter were to be hanged and their fathers investigated. There are indications in the document that Antiochus ruled during the late Seleucid period; historian Edwyn Bevan, considering the general Seleucid patronage of philosophers, noted that those instructions are "incredible". According to Bevan, this attitude can be explained by the deteriorating fortunes of the kingdom during the late Seleucid period; cities in Syria and Cilicia were asserting their independence, and it would be logical for the king to move against philosophers if they showed signs of "republicanism". Another clue is that the king sent his letter to an official named "Phanias", who seems to have been the highest official in the realm, ordering him to expel the philosophers from the polis and chora (city and its territory).
Bevan did not believe that Antiochus wanted the philosophers expelled from the kingdom, but maybe from one city, perhaps Antioch. But, in the view of historian Jörg-Dieter Gauger, the polis and chora designate the whole kingdom since it would have made little sense if they designated one city and its region; the philosophers could have continued their "evil" business in other cities. If one official, Phanias, whom the letter's language indicates that he alone had a higher command and was not a mere city commander, can execute the king's instructions in the whole county, then the kingdom's area is not substantial, indicating a period when the Seleucids ruled a contracted Syria. Bevan suggested Antiochus XIII (ruled 82-64 BC) while Gauger suggested either Antiochus XII or Antiochus XIII as the king who ordered the philosophers banished.
Franz Altheim considered king Antiochus IV (reigned 175-164 BC) to be the king who sent the letter. The document's authenticity is questioned; Ludwig Radermacher considered the letter a Jewish forgery to discredit their enemy Antiochus IV; Michel Austin, ancient history senior lecturer at the University of St Andrews, did not comment on the historical sitting of the letter but doubted its authenticity.
- In the Notitia Dignitatum, Motho is where the Roman Cohors I Augusta Thracum Equitata was stationed. The city of Mu'tah in Moab, where the Equites Scutarii Illyriciani was stationed, is named Motha in the Notitia Dignitatum.
- The citadel is called "akra" by Josephus; a word that indicates a garrisoned fortified camp located in the outskirts of a city. Josephus also implied that the citadel was close to the hippodrome of Damascus, whose remains are under the Dahdah cemetery just outside the ancient city.
- It seems that Syncellus did not rely only on Josephus and had access to other sources; Heinrich Gelzer suggested that Syncellus used the account of Justus of Tiberias.
- The trench of Alexander Jannaeus was named the "Yannai Line" by Jacob Kaplan in the 1950s; Kaplan interpreted archaeological remains from Bnei Brak and Tel Aviv as parts of that line and his conclusions were generally accepted by the majority of scholars. However, Bezalel Bar-Kochva raised questions regarding the line, noting that it would have taken Antiochus XII ten to fifteen days to march from Damascus to the Sharon plain where the line purportedly stood, which would not be sufficient time for such a project to be constructed. Kenneth Atkinson suggested that Alexander Jannaeus constructed the Yannai Line after defeating Antiochus XII, in anticipation of Antiochus XII's return. Bar-Kochva suggested that the line was erected earlier than Antiochus XII's invasion, perhaps to fend off a different enemy. He suggested that the plain stretching 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) between western Samaria and Tel Afek east of the Yarkon River's source was the location of the line. The archaeological remains interpreted by Kaplan as evidence for the line do not fit the time frame of Antiochus XII's invasion and may belong to non-military civilian establishments.
- If the account of Uranius is accepted, and if he meant Antiochus XII instead of Antigonus I, then the last battle took place near Motho in Moab.
- It is not known if it was Aretas III who defeated Antiochus XII. The identity of the Syrian king's Nabataean enemy is much debated; Albert Kammerer and Philip C. Hammond used the account of Uranius and asserted that it was Rabbel I. Jean Starcky argued that the Nabataean monarch was Obodas I, whom Maurice Sartre preferred and concluded that he probably did not survive long after his battle with Antiochus XII.
- The most complete surviving copy of Malalas' work, who wrote in the sixth century, is the Baroccianus Graecus manuscript from the eleventh century, which includes many abbreviations and missing words. Malalas himself used vernacular Greek, making his language sometimes difficult to understand. Different scholars presented their reading of Malalas' chronicles:
- The reading of Glanville Downey have "Antiochus Dionysus the Leper, father of Cleopatra and Antiochis". Downey noted that Malalas conflated Antiochus XII with his successor Antiochus XIII, who surrendered to the Romans in 64 BC; the Byzantine historian attributed the act of surrender to Antiochus XII. The Greek version of Malalas' work has the name "Antiochus Dionikous" while the older Church Slavonic version has "Antiochus Dionysos". The German translation by Johannes Thurn and Mischa Meier matched Downey's English reading.
- In the translation of Elizabeth Jeffreys (et al.), the passage reads: "Antiochus, the son of Dionikes the leper, father of Cleopatra and Antiochis." According to this translation, Malalas did not consider Antiochus XII the last Seleucid king, and his "Antiochus, the son of Dionikes" was identified with Antiochus XIII.
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Antiochus XII DionysusBorn: Unknown Died: 82 BC
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with Philip I (87-82 BC)