Abstract The paper looks at the fragmentary cuneiform evidence from the initial years of Seleukos’ rule at Babylon, to explain how Macedonian authority was imposed in Mesopotamia after Alexander the Great’s death. Beyond military might and sheer opportunism, the consolidation of Seleukos’ rule in Babylon was achieved through careful negotiations of privileges and guarantees with the local temple elites. This relationship of mutual recognition was reinforced through the composition and propagation of prophetic Babylonian accounts. These were meant to interpret a period of dynastic crisis as the cosmic unfolding of a divine plan, manifested through the decisive success of Seleukos.
Journal of Ancient History – de Gruyter
Published: Jun 7, 2017