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Lao'dice

8. Daughter of Antiochus IV. Epiphanes, and therefore first cousin of the preceding. She is first mentioned as being taken to Rome by Heracleides, when he determined to set up the claim of the impostor Alexander Balas against Demetrius Soter, who at that time occupied the throne of Syria. In the decree of the senate in their favour Laodice is associated with her supposed brother Alexander, and it is probable that she was proclaimed queen together with him after the defeat of Demetrius. (Plb. 33.14, 16.) It seems much more likely, therefore, that the " Laodice regina," mentioned in the epitome of Livy (lib. 1.) as being subsequently put to death by Alexander's minister Ammonius, is the person in question, than the wife of Demetrius (as supposed by Visconti, Iconographie Grecque, tom. ii. p. 324, and Millingen, Ancient Coins of Cities and Kings, p. 76), of whom we have otherwise no knowledge.

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    • Polybius, Histories, 33.14
    • Polybius, Histories, 33.16
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