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Ptolemy's general Scopas marched into the upper region during the winter and subdued the Jewish nation.

The siege having been conducted in a desultory manner, Scopas fell into bad repute and was attacked with all the petulance of youth. . . .

Having conquered Scopas, Antiochus took Batanaea,

B. C. 200. Antiochus conquers Coele-Syria and the Jews after beating Scopas at Panium. See supra, ch. 18.
Samaria, Abila, and Gadara; and after a while those of the Jews who inhabit the sacred town called Jerusalem submitted to him also. On the subject of this town I have a good deal more to say, and especially on account of the splendour of its temple, but I shall put it off to another opportunity.

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