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Stratonice of Syria

Stratonice of Syria (Ancient Greek: Στρατoνίκη, 317 BC - 254 BC) was Queen of the Seleucid Empire from 300 BC until 294 BC and from 281 BC until 261 BC.

Stratonice
David-Antiochus et Stratonice.jpg
Antiochus I and Stratonice by Jacques-Louis David (1774)
Queen consort of the Seleucid Empire
Tenure300–294 BC
281–268 BC
Coronation300 BC at Rhosus, on the Pierian coast in Macedonia
Bornc. 317 BC
DiedSeptember/October 254 BC (aged 62 or 63)
Sardis
SpouseSeleucus I Nicator (300–294 BC)
Antiochus I Soter (294–261 BC)
Issue
HouseAntipatrid
FatherDemetrius Poliorcetes
MotherPhila

BiographyEdit

Stratonice of Syria was the daughter of king Demetrius Poliorcetes and Phila, the daughter of Antipater. In 300 BC, at which time she could not have been more than seventeen years of age, her hand in marriage was sought by Seleucus, king of Syria. She was accompanied by her father Demetrius to Rhosus (on the Pierian coast in Macedonia) where the nuptials were celebrated.[1] Notwithstanding the disparity of their ages, she appears to have lived in perfect harmony with the old king for some years. Seleucus and Stratonice had one child, a daughter Phila, when it was discovered that her stepson Antiochus was deeply enamoured of her.

In order to save the life of his son (which was supposedly endangered by the violence of his passion), Seleucus gave up Stratonice in marriage to him in 294 BC. At the same time Seleucus announced that Antiochus would be king of the eastern provinces.[2] It is believed that the union, which produced five children, was a prosperous one. Antiochus named the city of Stratonikeia in Caria after Stratonice.[3][4]

In Babylonian texts, she is referred to as 'Astartanikku', a transliteration of her Greek name that seems to have been designed in order to draw a parallel with the goddess Astarte. She is also given titles that were otherwise reserved for Babylonian goddesses.[5]

Stratonice's death at Sardis is mentioned in the Astronomical Diaries in September or October 254 BC.[6]

Stratonice's childrenEdit

By Seleucus I Nicator:

By Antiochus I Soter:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Demetrius", 31, 32
  2. ^ Plutarch, 38; Appian, The Foreign Wars, "The Syrian Wars", 59
  3. ^ Strabo, Geography, xiv. 2; Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, s.v. "Stratoniceia"
  4. ^ "Johannes Malalas - translation". www.attalus.org. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  5. ^ Del Monte, Giuseppe (1997). Testi della Babylonia ellenistica. p. 42.
  6. ^ Sachs, A. J. & H. Hunger, Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia. I, no.-253 A1 10; A2 3

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