Death of Antiochus Epiphanes
In Syria king Antiochus, wishing to enrich himself,
B. C. 164. Death of Antiochus Epiphanes on his return from Susiana. See 26, 1.
determined on an armed attack upon the temple
of Artemis, in Elymais. But having arrived in
this country and failed in his purpose, because
the native barbarians resisted his lawless attempt,
he died in the course of his return at Tabae, in
Persia, driven mad, as some say, by some manifestations of
divine wrath in the course of his wicked attempt upon this
temple. . . .
Antiochus Epiphanes left a son and daughter; the former,
nine years old, was called Antiochus Eupator, and succeeded to the
kingdom, Lysias acting as his guardian. Demetrius, his cousin,
son of Seleucus Philopator, being at Rome as a hostage in place of
the late Antiochus Epiphanes, endeavoured to persuade the Senate
to make him king of Syria instead of the boy.