- Oct 2018
For some reason I thought he took control of Seleucus' expeditionary force after he murdered him. My mistake!whilehe might have inherited Lysimachos' troops, he will not have taken those of Seleukos who Antiochos I will have taken.
Fair enough. I was critical because some of these alliances strike me as being quite flimsy, and I considered the filia between Pyrrhus and Demetrius as an example (the two of them likewise being brothers-in-law, via Deidamia). But of course a key difference there is the fact that Demetrius married Lanassa after she left Pyrrhus, which surely signals the end of filia in a big way. And Deidamia was dead by then anyway, right?The argument is persuasively made by Adams in Ptolemy II Philadelphus and His World. One needs to read Gruen's chapter on Roman diplomatic instruments (The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome) with respect to φιλίᾳ. in brief, the diplomatic relationship of φιλίᾳ is an ad hoc, loose arrangement between rulers/states. It imposed no restraints nor constrained states to aid another thus providing the perfect loose "alliance" where rulers worked together when it suited. This is expressly attested between Soter and Pyrrhos and as Adams argues, there is no reason it was not continued with Philadelphos, Pyrros' brother in law. Pyrrhos was quite useful for Ptolemy II in Greece just as he had been for Soter.