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LATEST SERIES – THEA (tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire)

LATEST SERIES – THEA (tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire)

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San Francisco, CA

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LATEST SERIES – THEA (tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire)

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode S5 – Ordeal by Fire

10/23/2020
Synopsis: In the 4th century AD, the Ethiopian kingdom of Axum converted to Christianity even as the neighboring Himyarites of Yemen converted to Judaism. Centuries later, Axum’s invasion of Yemen to stop the persecution of Christians triggered a conflict with Persia. Map of the kingdoms […] The post Episode S5 - Ordeal by Fire first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:38:09

Episode S4 – Children of the Moon

10/9/2020
Synopsis: The Sabaeans and Himyarites leveraged their control over south Arabian aromatics into a lucrative trade that spanned the ancient world. The region’s remoteness, wealth and active diplomacy afforded some protection from the powerful empires who frequently dominated the north. Map of the Arabian Peninsula:http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Yemen.jpg The post Episode S4 - Children of the Moon first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:29:20

Episode S3 – Queen Mavia

7/10/2020
Synopsis: A century after Queen Zenobia, another Syrian Arab warrior queen rises to challenge the power or Rome – and succeeds. The story of Queen Mavia of the Tanukh. “Mavia, queen of the Saracens, had begun to convulse the villages and towns on the border […] The post Episode S3 – Queen Mavia first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:34:06

Episode T18 – Tigranes

4/10/2020
Synopsis: The death of King Philip I marks the official end of the Seleucid line. Invited by the Antiochenes to rule them, King Tigranes II of Armenia proceeds to conquer all of Syria – including Cleopatra Selene’s stronghold of Ptolemais-Akko. But Tigranes’ refusal to abandon […] The post Episode T18 - Tigranes first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:43:02

Episode T17 – The Sons of Grypus

3/27/2020
Synopsis: With Rome encroaching from the north and south, the sons of Grypus battle Parthians, usurpers and local powers to keep their hold on Syria. “As he lingered on the banks of the Euphrates, (Sulla) received a visit from Orobazus, a Parthian, who came as […] The post Episode T17 - The Sons of Grypus first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:38:24

Episode T16 – The Sons of Thea

3/13/2020
Synopsis: While the Ptolemies intrigue in Coele Syria, Antiochus VIII Grypus and his half-brother Antiochus IX Cyzicenus struggle for seventeen years to win control of the north. After the rivals die in quick succession, the kingdom comes under control of Seleucus VI and Demetrius III, […] The post Episode T16 - The Sons of Thea first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:26:17

Episode T15 – Grypus

2/28/2020
Synopsis: Cleopatra Thea convinces her son Antiochus VIII Grypus to return to Syria and share the throne. But once Zabinas is defeated and the kingdom secure, Grypus decides to avenge his brother’s murder. “Ptolemy (Physcon)…proceeded to devote his entire strength to the destruction of Alexander […] The post Episode T15 - Grypus first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Duration:00:33:58

Episode T14 – Zabinas

2/14/2020
Synopsis: Demetrius II returns to Syria, but his unpopularity – and support for the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra II – results in a usurper named Alexander Zabinas taking most of his kingdom. Fleeing a military defeat, Demetrius is denied entry to Ptolemais-Akko by Cleopatra Thea, an […]

Duration:00:39:22

Episode T13 – Eunus

12/13/2019
Synopsis: A Syrian man from Apamea, enslaved on the island of Sicily, renames himself King Antiochus and launches the first large-scale slave rebellion against the Roman Republic. “The Sicilians, through the enjoyment of a long peace, grew very rich, and brought up an abundance […]

Duration:00:37:13

Episode T12 – Sar Matati

11/29/2019
Synopsis: After Mithridates is struck down by an illness, his son Phraates II defends Parthian gains against the army of Antiochus VII. Forced to retreat to Hyrcania, Phraates sets events in motion that result in the deaths of both kings. “On Antiochus (VII)’s approach, many […]

Duration:00:40:41

Episode T11 – Euergetes

11/15/2019
Synopsis: Ongoing strife in Anatolia and Egypt allows Antiochus VII to campaign east against the Parthians. His early successes inspire hopes of a resurgent Seleucid Empire, hopes shattered by his unexpected death. “In Asia, Attalos III as soon as he came to the throne began […]

Duration:00:39:40

Episode S2 – The Bactrian Kingdom

10/11/2019
“In this battle, Antiochus’ horse was wounded and killed, and the king himself was struck through the mouth and lost some of his teeth. On the whole, he acquired on that occasion the greatest reputation for valor. Because of this battle, Euthydemus was caught off […]

Duration:00:28:22

Episode S1 – Alexander in Bactria

9/13/2019
“I am engaged in a land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a wall of steel confronting my soldiers. You have brought only one Alexander into the world, but every mother in this land has brought an […]

Duration:00:29:20

Episode T10 – Sidetes

8/24/2019
Synopsis: Cleopatra Thea marries Demetrius II’s brother, Antiochus VII, becoming the simultaneous queen of two Seleucid kings. While Antiochus crushes Tryphon’s revolt and recovers former Seleucid territories, Demetrius is defeated by Mithridates and imprisoned in distant Hyrcania. “But as Antiochus, the brother of Demetrius […]

Duration:00:39:01

Episode T9 – Tryphon

8/9/2019
Synopsis: The Seleucid rebel Diodotus Tryphon uses Thea and Alexander Balas’ young son, Antiochus VI, to capture most of Syria. Though paralyzed at home, Demetrius II embarks on a bold plan to challenge the conquests of Mithridates. “Now there was a certain commander…whose name was […]

Duration:00:31:40

Episode T8 – The City

7/26/2019
Synopsis: The rediscovery of Ai Khanoum testified to the wealth and power of the Bactrian Kingdom. Mithridates’ conquest of Babylonia is countered by an unlikely coalition. “The cities of Bactria were Bactra, which they also call Zariaspa and through which flows a river of the […]

Duration:00:35:09

Episode T7 – Blazing From Afar

7/13/2019
Synopsis: On the eastern frontiers of the Seleucid Empire, Parthia, Bactria and the Indo-Greeks struggle for regional supremacy. The stalemate in Syria and murder of Eucratides advance the fortunes of Mithridates. “At about the same time that Mithridates was beginning his rule in Parthia, Eucratides […]

Duration:00:45:22

Episode T6 – Philometor

2/28/2019
Synopsis: With Syria beset by regional enemies, three kings face off at the Battle of the Oenoparos River. The lone survivor, King Demetrius II, inaugurates his reign with the violent destruction of Antioch. “And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the […]

Duration:00:42:02

Episode T5 – Balas

2/15/2019
Synopsis: Demetrius struggles to preserve his throne but ends up falling in battle. Alexander Balas begins his reign by marrying Ptolemy’s daughter, Cleopatra Thea. While the sons of Demetrius remain a threat, the couple are also forced to confront the growing menace of Parthia. “Then […]

Duration:00:33:45

Episode T4 – Soter

2/1/2019
Synopsis: Demetrius seizes the Syrian throne and stems immediate threats from Media and Judaea. But deposed officials and regional rulers conspire to engineer his downfall. “When it became known that the Romans were ill disposed towards Demetrius, not only the other kings but even some […]

Duration:00:33:01