June 22: 217 BCE – Ptolemy IV of Egypt Defeats Antiochus III the Great at Raphia

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June 22: 217 BCE – Ptolemy IV of Egypt Defeats Antiochus III the Great at RaphiaRate this post Standing on the field more than a century after the death of Alexander the Great, the descendants of the great king’s heirs were about to do battle once again. Arrayed across the plains near the modern city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, this conflict in the Fourth Syrian War would arguably demonstrate the permanent dissolution of Alexander’s Hellenistic empire on June 22, 217 BCE. Ptolemy IV Philopator, just four years into his reign of Egypt, had taken the helm of an unstable kingdom. His court, filled with a confusing mess of […]