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Seleucid Empire

external image SeleucosI.jpgCoin with an image of the founder of the Seleucid Empire, King Seleucus I Nicator.

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The yellow shaded region was the dominion of the Seleucid Empire at its peak.

Friends

Mauryan Empire
Zoroastrianism
Antigonid Empire
Ptolemaic Empire
Greeks

Technology

One of the most important technological innovations that we achieved in the Seleucid Empire was that we were one of the first peoples to use metal coins as a type of currency. Although we were not technologically savvy like other major empires, we did utilize some important technologies in our empire. For example, when we built roads connecting distant regions of our land, we used Greco-Roman ideas and made them slightly tapered to drain rain water. By forming a treaty with Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Mauryan Empire, King Seleucus obtained five hundred war elephants, which, although not exactly technological, were still instrumental and decisive in many major battles, most notably, Ipsus.

Culture

As we were a Hellenistic empire, our culture was predominantly Hellenistic. We were influenced heavily by the Greek culture, as our Seleucid Empire was a successor state of the empire formed by Alexander the Great. Our upper class subjects liked to stay in touch with their Greek heritage, and therefore read Greek literature, built buildings in Greek styles, dressed according to Greek fashion, and even made their art similar to their Greek counterparts as well. As our huge cities, like Babylon, Persepolis, and Ai Khanum, were great centers of learning and trade, they drew people from the other Hellenistic empires, further reinforcing our Greek culture. However, most of the Greek imitators in our land were just the elite upper class. The majority of our population were the original inhabitants of the land, and mostly adhered to their own cultural traditions and customs.

Religion

The two major religions present in our great Seleucid Empire were Zoroastrianism and Greek paganism. Other religious groups present in our empire, although not as prominent, included Hindus and Jews. Our administration was very tolerant of various religions because we knew that in order to preserve order, we would have to accept having multiple religious groups practicing within our borders. By allowing all the religious groups to stay in our empire, we were able to promote national unity and prevent rebellions.

Blog

Blog Entry One: 323 BCE. I have finally established control over the Asian portions of Alexander the Great's former empire. After his death, I fought with the rest of Alexander's close advisors to try and gain land for my own kingdom. That Ptolemy and Perdiccas were giving me trouble, and it took some clever strategy on my part to secure my empire. Ptolemy tried to extend his kingdom from Egypt into my lands, but I defeated his army and forced him to defeat. I have also built a new capital north of Babylon, and named it Seleucia on the Tigris, in honor of myself, Seleucus I Nicator.
Blog Entry Two: 304 BCE. I have invaded the western regions of India in an attempt to extend my domain, and found myself face to face against an army of 100,000 Indians with a cavalry of 9,000 war elephants. They would have crushed us, so I needed to quickly figure out a way to save my men. I made a treaty with the Indian king, Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Mauryan Empire, and decided to return my previously conquered Indian lands in exchange for five hundred war elephants. Who's got the elephants now?
Blog Entry Three: 301 BCE. Antigonus I Monophthalmus and his son Demetrius I of Macedon are trying to recreate the broken empire of Alexander the Great. The two of them have invaded Thrace, and are now trying to conquer my lands. I have allied with Lysimachus, king of Thrace, and Cassander, king of Macedon, in order to defend against Demetrius and his army. It was a good thing that I got those elephants a few years ago, cause they have proven to be decisive in this war, especially in the Battle of Ipsus. My troops, in combination with Cassander's men, with the help of my elephants, crushed our opposition at Ipsus, and have effectively defeated Demetrius and his father.
=The Wall=Antigonid Empire - Hey,sorry about that whole trying-to-reunite-Alexander's-empire thing. We should have realized that it couldn't be done and regret and ill effects our invasion might have had. We hope that we can put this all behind us and begin fresh. We would like to become trading partners with your empire in a mutalisticly beneficial plan that would result in you recieving olives, wine, real culture and other goods, and us recieving food and other ammenities from your vast empire. We look forward to our continued cooperation in a (hopefully) long and prosperous relationship. ----
Zoroastrians - We would just like to take this time to thank you for all of your love and support. <3 Before the generous support from this glorious empire, our people were given a great deal of trouble from the other empires which goverened us. They claimed to be native Persians, such as you are, but because of their barbaric intolerance of the true faith they could not survive when your government came to call. May you and your administration live and prosper for a hundred million years!!

Parthian Empire - Our governing satraps would like to politely say, IN YOUR FACE!! We wiped out your empire and took back what was rightfully the land of the glorious Persian people and now it is in native control once more. You tried to govern our great land when you share not the religion, culture, nor the language of our people. Now the area has come back into the control of those who are decendants of the originally great Archaemenid empire that brought such great prosperity and happiness to the righteous Persians living here. HAHA!!
Major languages were Greek and Armaic