Seleucia in Mesopotamia

After the death of Alexander the Great in 323BC, the territories he had conquered were divided between his generals, and his friend Seleucus Nicator (r. 312–281BC) became king of the eastern provinces stretching from Lebanon to Afghanistan. In Daniel chapter 11 this territory and power was known as “the king of the north”. This huge dominion had two capitals, which Seleucus founded at around the same time (305BC), namely Seleucia in Mesopotamia (Iraq) followed by Antioch in Syria.

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