Tachos: Campaign and Collapse, 360–359

Stephen Ruzicka

in Trouble in the West

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932719 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

Tachos: Campaign and Collapse, 360–359

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In 360/59, the Egyptian king Tachos led in person an enormous offensive (unaffected by the resumption of loyalty on the part of rebel satraps in Anatolia) aimed at laying claim to the whole of Syria-Palestine. Tachos’ nephew Nectanebo commanded the native machimoi, the Spartan king Agesilaus commanded the mercenary force, and the Athenian Chabrias commanded the fleet. There was no Persian opposition to the advancing force, and Nectanebo's force penetrated into Syria, probably heading for the Euphrates. This all collapsed, however, as a result of dynastic challenge back in Egypt by the Mendesian line of Acoris. Tachos’ own brother and regent in Egypt repudiated him and persuaded Nectanebo to lay claim to kingship. Tachos fled, making his way to Artaxerxes (and hoping to regain the kingship with Persian backing). Nectanebo gained the support of Agesilaus and, abandoning the offensive, turned back to Egypt to contend with the Mendesian claimant.

Keywords: Tachos; Nectanebo; Agesilaus; Chabrias; Mendes; Artaxerxes II

Chapter.  2741 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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