In the haphazard patchwork that is our understanding of Hellenistic genealogy, the Seleucid dynasty stands out as particularly threadbare.

Despite the wealth of recent scholarship on countless facets of the Seleucid World, the genealogy and descent of the Seleucids themselves has received only sporadic and fragmentary attention.

This site has been created in the hope of producing and presenting as near a comprehensive stemma of the Dynasty as possible. Ancient literary evidence, numismatics, epigraphic remains, and contemporary scholarship have been combined with my own judgement and reasoning in (numerous) cases of controversy.

In the interest of objectivity I have erred on the side of conservatism; all hypotheses and conjectures are indicated as such. For the sake of convenience and accessibility, I have presented all Greek names in their latinized forms.

N.B.: All entries signed ‘AJPM’ were written by Alex McAuley; those signed M. D’A & AJPM were co-authoured by Monica D’Agostini & Alex McAuley.

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Any errors, omissions, oversights, and misjudgments are, and remain, mine alone.

Colonnade of the cardo maximus, Apameia in Syria