[ca. 263 - 226 BCE]
The younger son of Antiochus
& his sister Laodice
whose ambitions brought the Seleucid dynasty close to extinction.
His brother, Seleucus II,
made him governor of Asia Minor during his war with Egypt (246-241
BCE). But instead of helping him, Hierax was encouraged by his
mother to use his brother's misfortunes to seize the Seleucid throne for
himself. With the aid of the Celts of Galatia he defeated his brother at
BCE) but was himself driven into exile by
Attalus I of
BCE). Failing in
subsequent attempts to unseat his brother in Syria, he was exiled to
Thrace where he was held in custody for two years, escaping only to be killed
by his former allies, the Galatians.
Justin, Epitome 27.2-3
Other resources on
tetradrachma minted by Hierax mimics his father's
coinage. The face bears the king's image wearing the
royal diadem. The other side portrays Apollo with bow
& arrow seated on a phallic stone. The Greek
inscription reads from right to left, Basileos Antiochou
("of King Antiochos").
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