Syrian Wars of Antiochus
B.C. 191 to 190
Roman Republic — versus — Seleucids Empire under Antiochus the Great
From the time he assumed the Seleucid throne in 223 BC, Antiochus the great began consolidating power, and won considerable territory in Syria from the Ptolemies of Egypt. In 196 BC he began warring in Asia minor at the same time Rome was consolidating its victories in the Second Macedonian War. Under the influence of Hannibal Barca, who had taken refuge at his court after his exile from Carthage, and Philip V, the Macedonian king, Antiochus resolved to challenge Rome's territories in Greece. In 192 BC, after making alliances with several Greek states, he invaded Greece with an army of 10,000. He was defeated at Thermopylae by a Roman army, led by Lucius Cornelius Scipio, brother of the famous Scipio Africanus.
There followed three naval battles against Rome, all victories for Rome. One of these naval battles, Eurymedon, was led by Hannibal, who there met the Romans for the last time, but upon his defeat, was forced to flee the court of Antiochus. The Romans pursued the Seleucid army into Asia Minor, and with the aid of the Eumenes II of Pergamum, drove Antiochus from the region. Scipio Africanus, hero of Zama, served under his brother at the final battle of Magnesia, after which, Rome ceded the provinces of Phrygia and Lydia to their ally Eumenes II. The war against Antiochus marked the Romans first foray into Asia Minor, a territory, which they would later claim as a Roman province.
|Battle of Thermopylae
Fought B.C. 191, between 40,000 Romans, under Glabrio, and the army of Antiochus the Great, King of Asia, Antiochus was entrenched at Thermopylae, where he was attacked by the Romans, and a post held by 2,000 Aetolians being surprised, his flank was turned, and he was disastrously defeated. Antiochus escaped from the field with barely 500 men.
|Battle of Cyssus
Fought B.C. 191 between the Roman fleet of 105 triremes under Caius Livius, and the fleet of Antiochus, numbering 70 sail, under Polyxenides. Polyxenides sailed out of Cyssus to encounter the Romans, but was defeated with a loss of 23 ships, and forced to seek refuge at Ephesus.
|Battle of Aspendus
Fought B.C. 191, between the Syrian fleet of Antiochus the Great, under Hannibal, and a Rhodian squadron under Eudamus. Though Hannibal was in superior force, he suffered a severe defeat.
|Battle of Myonnesus
Fought B.C. 190, between the Roman fleet, under Caius Livius, and the fleet of Antiochus, under Polyxenides, who had an advantage of nine ships. He was, however, defeated by the superior seamanship of the Romans, with a loss of 42 vessels.
|Battle of Magnesia
Fought B.C. 190, between Antiochus the Great, with 80,000 troops, and the Romans, 40,000 strong, under Cnaeus Domitius. Antiochus, leading the right wing, drove back the Roman left and penetrated to their camp, which he nearly succeeded in capturing. His left wing, however, was routed, and his elephants becoming unmanageable, broke the ranks of the phalanx, whereupon his whole army fled in confusion, with a loss, it is said, of 50,000 killed. The Romans lost 300 only.
|King of Syria who warred with Rome in Thrace and Asia Minor.|
|Carthaginian general, invaded and laid waste to Italy for sixteen years.|
|Brother of Scipio Africanus. Defeated Antiochus III at Thermopylae and Magnesia.|
|King of Pergamon(197 to 160 B.C.). Allied with Rome to defeat Antiochus II at Magnesia.|
|Roman hero of second Punic War. Led armies in Spain and Africa. Defeated Hannibal at Zama.|
|Hannibal a Fugitive and an Exile in||Hannibal by Jacob Abbott|
|Hannibal's Last Battle in||Helmet and Spear by Alfred J. Church|
|Roman Conquests in||The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber|
|Death of Hannibal in||The Story of Rome by Mary Macgregor|
|How Hannibal Fought and Died in||Historical Tales: Roman by Charles Morris|