Demetrius (11) II, of Syria, eldest son of Demetrius (10) I, c. 161–125 BCE

R. M. Errington

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Eldest son of *Demetrius (10) I. He successfully opposed *Alexander (10) Balas with mercenary and Ptolemaic support (145), asserted Seleucid rule in Palestine and against Diodotus Tryphon (142), but was captured by the Parthian Mithradates I (139). When *Antiochus (7) VII Sidetes attacked Parthia, Demetrius was freed (129) and ruled again until he was killed near Tyre in a war he had himself provoked by attacking Egypt, against Alexander Zabinas, whom *Ptolemy (1) VIII had set up (125).

Article.  130 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Greek History

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