The defeat of King Antiochus in Elymais (1 Macc 6:1-6:4)

“King Antiochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elymais in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. So he came and tried to take the city and plunder it. However he could not because his plan became known to the citizens. They withstood him in battle. So he fled. In great disappointment, he left there to return to Babylon.”

King Antiochus IV Epiphanes of the Seleucid Syria dynasty tried to take some treasures from the town of Elymais in Persia, which was near Susa. This had been a favorite of Alexander the Great. However, the citizens of the town found out that he was coming. They withstood his attack so that he had to flee back to Babylon.

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