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Seleucus VI Epiphanes

Coin of the Seleucid king Seleucus VI Nicator.
Seleucus VI Epiphanes Nicator
Seleucus VI Epiphanes Nicator ('manifestation of the god', 'victor'): name of a Seleucid king, ruled from 96 to 94.

Successor of: Antiochus VIII Grypus


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Emergency coinage, minted by Seleucus VI. Bode-Museum, Berlin (Germany). Photo Jona Lendering.
Emergency coinage, minted by Seleucus VI (Bode-Museum, Berlin)

Main deeds:
  • During the reign of Seleucus' father, Antiochus VIII Grypus, the latter's brother Antiochus IX Cyzicenus revolted; both sides were able to maintain their ground but unable to overcome the other side.
  • Summer 96: Death of Antiochus VIII Grypus. His wife Cleopatra V Selene marries her brother-in-law in order to put an end to the conflict.
  • However, her son Seleucus VI Epiphanes accepts the throne and continues his family branch, which controls the northern part of the kingdom.
  • Early 95: Seleucus meets his uncle in battle. He defeats Antiochus IX, but again, the empire is not reunited: the son of Antiochus IX, Antiochus X Eusebes Philopator, becomes leader of the southern branch and continues the struggle
  • Running out of silver, Seleucus mints emergency coinage of poor quality
  • Summer 94: Antiochus X besieges Seleucus VI at Mopsuestia in Cilicia, and kills his cousin, who is burned alive
Succeeded by: his brothers Antiochus XI Epiphanes Philadelphus, Antiochus X, and the tiwn brothers Demetrius and Philip



  • O. Hoover, 'Revised Chronology for the Late Seleucids at Antioch (121/0-64 BC)' in: Historia 65/3 (2007) 280-301

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