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Abakumov A. A. Seleucid Piety: Antiochus VII and the Siege of Jerusalem. Ancient World and Archaeology, 2017, vol. 18, iss. 18, pp. 99-106. DOI:, EDN: YLCLKW

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Seleucid Piety: Antiochus VII and the Siege of Jerusalem

Abakumov Arkady Alekseevich, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University

This article is dedicated to the famous siege of Jerusalem by Seleucid king Antiochus VII Sidetes, who, according to Josephus Flavius, had expressed benevolence and respect to the Jews and their religion. The author considers this  “lenience” and “piety” as display of Sidetes’ desire to imitate his ancestor Antiochus The Great who was also respected by the Jews as benevolent ruler.


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