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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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treachery of his own people in the same city, in the flower of his age, and at the summit of victory ; and died by poison, in the thirty-second year of his age, and the twelfth of his reign. CH. X.—The Division of Alexander's kingdom after his death— Ptolemy—Philip—Seleucus—Antigonus. AFTEB his death, his kingdom was immediately transferred to, or divided among many successors. The first part of Egypt, Africa, and Arabia fell by lot to Ptolemy. Philip, who was also called Arrhidœus, the brother of Alexander, obtained Macedonia. Selencus obtained Syria, and Babylon, and all the kingdoms of the East. Antigonus obtained the kingdom of Asia Minor. Besides this, other illustrious men, who had served under the great Alexander, occupied different provinces, and becoming kings, from having been prefects, they not only acquired vast riches for themselves, but they also bequeathed them to their posterity. But all these kings not long afterwards destroyed one another by mutual wars and contests. Of them, however, Selencus founded Antioch, Laodicea, Seleucea, Apra, Esse, Beraea and Pella ; all famous cities, and settled Jews in all of them. The son of this Seleucus was Antiochus the Great. CH. XI.—Antiochus the Great. THIS Antiochus released the priests and scribes and singers of the temple of the Lord from tribute, and from the royal tax, and from all other exactions. But Seleucus and Lysimachus fonght against one another with great vehemence. This was the last war of the comrades of Alexander. And when they were both slain, Ptolemy, the son of Lagus, reduced Judaea and Jerusalem under his own power by treachery, and they continued so for forty years. CH. XIL—Ptolemy Philadelphus. AFTER him Ptolemy Philadelphus became king, and he reigned thirty-eight years, and sent many presents to Jerusalem ; and he caused the Holy Scriptures to be translated out of the Hebrew language into Greek, by seventy translators. In his time silver money was first coined in the city.


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