- Oct 15, 2002
Alexandros knew. He knew the key to his empire lay in Babylonia, not Makedonia. After his death, my father, Seleukos Nicator, fought his former comrades, the other generals of Alexander in the wars of the Diadochi. After his rivals laid waste to much of Mesopotamia, my father fought to regain Babylon for himself. In return, the city welcomed him with open arms and great joy. He repaid that generosity, building roads, hospitals, schools and eventually cities. From Babylonia, he forged an empire that stretched to the Persian plains. Taking Susa and Media, until he eventually extended his power to the valley of Indos. Mesopotamia, Armenia, Cappadocia, Persis, Parthia, Bactria, Arabia, Tapouria, Sogdia, Arachosia, Hyrcania, and other adjacent peoples that had been subdued by Alexander were once again brought back to the fold by Seleucus.
Yet my father was not just a great warrior, he was a great builder. Few kings have ever lived with so great a passion for the building of cities. He was reputed to have built in all nine Seleucias, sixteen Antiochs, and six Laodiceas throughout Asia and Europa.
Even though I have lived here all my life. The land never ceases to astonish me with its beauty. Whether it is the frozen mountains of Cappadocia or the boundless deserts of Persis. Babylonia itself is an inspiration for any traveller, and produces wealth in quantities like no other in bread, wine, vinegar, honey, textiles, spices and metals. It is this place that I call home, even if I do call myself a Makedonian, I must remember my mother, who links our family to the royal line of Cyrus and Darius the Great. And Alexander's dream, of using a strong infantry of both Persian and Makedonian blood. It is a tradition we carry on to this day.
My father’s successes though, ultimately had drawn the envy of his neighbours. The powerful Ptolemaic kingdom to our southwest, and the ‘kings’ of Macedon who grow jealous of our power, of the fact that we were the closest to achieving the goals of Alexandros Megas. Ultimately they took advantage of his generosity as king, and had him assassinated by the most cowardly means.
As king, and master of an empire that stretches from the shores of the Aigaion to the borders of the Indos itself, i will hold together my father's glorious gains. I trust in the wisdom of the Achaemenid advisors, and our greek ancestors, to continue to guide me and my army to further greatness. For I know this, Babylonia is still the key, even now, to the greatest empire in the world.
The Hellenistic World - Jan 1, 474 AVC