Antigonos I Monophthalmos ANTIGONID, King of Macedonia
(Abt 382 BCE-301 BCE)
Stratonike of Macedonia
Antipater, Regent of Macedonia
(Abt 399 BCE-319 BCE)
Demetrios I Poliorketes ANTIGONID, King of Macedonia
(337 BCE-283 BCE)
Phila of Macedonia
(-287 BCE)
Stratonike ANTIGONID of Macedonia, Queen of Syria
(Abt 317 BCE-254 BCE)


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1. Seleukos I Nikator SELEUKID, King of Syria

2. Antiochos I Soter SELEUKID, King of Syria

Stratonike ANTIGONID of Macedonia, Queen of Syria

  • Born: Abt 317 B.C.E., Macedonia
  • Married (1): Abt 300 B.C.E.
  • Married (2): 294 B.C.E.
  • Died: Sep/Oct 254 B.C.E., Sardis, Lydia

  Orthographic variation: Stratonice

  Research Notes:

Stratonice of Syria was the daughter of king Demetrius Poliorcetes and Phila, the daughter of Antipater. In 300 BC, at which time she could not have been more than seventeen years of age, her hand in marriage was sought by Seleucus, king of the Seleucid Empire. She was accompanied by her father Demetrius to Rhosus (on the Pierian coast in Macedonia) where the nuptials were celebrated. Notwithstanding the disparity of their ages, she appears to have lived in perfect harmony with the old king for some years. Seleucus and Stratonice had one child, a daughter Phila, when it was discovered that her stepson Antiochus was deeply enamoured of her.

In order to save the life of his son (which was supposedly endangered by the violence of his passion), Seleucus gave up Stratonice in marriage to him in 294 BC. At the same time Seleucus announced that Antiochus would be king of the eastern provinces. It is believed that the union, which produced five children, was a prosperous one. Antiochus named the city of Stratonikeia in Caria after Stratonice. In Babylonian texts, she is referred to as 'Astartanikku', a transliteration of her Greek name that seems to have been designed in order to draw a parallel with the goddess Astarte. She is also given titles that were otherwise reserved for Babylonian goddesses.

Stratonice's death at Sardis is mentioned in the Astronomical Diaries in September or October 254 BC. 1

  Marriage Information:

Stratonice married Seleukos I Nikator SELEUKID, King of Syria, son of Antiochos, General in the army of King Philip of Macedon, and Laodike, about 300 BCE. (Seleukos I Nikator SELEUKID was born about 358 BCE and died in 282 BCE.)

  Marriage Information:

Stratonice also married Antiochos I Soter SELEUKID, King of Syria, son of Seleukos I Nikator SELEUKID, King of Syria, and Apama of Sogdiana-Bactria, in 294 BCE. (Antiochos I Soter SELEUKID was born about 324 BCE and died on 1/2 Jun 261 BCE.)


1 Wikipedia article, Stratonice of Syria, citing Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Demetrius", 31, 32; Plutarch, 38; Appian, The Foreign Wars, "The Syrian Wars", 59; Strabo, Geography, xiv. 2; Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, s.v. "Stratoniceia"; Del Monte, Giuseppe (1997). Testi della Babylonia ellenistica. p. 42; Sachs, A. J. & H. Hunger, Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia. I, no.-253 A1 10; A2 3.

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