Seleucus VI Epiphanes, ruler of the Hellenistic
Seleucid kingdom, was the oldest son of Antiochus
VIII Grypus. In 96 BC, Seleucus defeated his
half-uncle Antiochus IX Cyzicenus in revenge for his
father's death. However, the score was evened the
next year (95 BC) by Antiochus X Eusebes, the son of
Antiochus Cyzicenus, and Seleucus was forced to flee
from Syria to Mopsuestia in Cilicia, where he set up
his court, allegedly in luxurious style.
But the inhabitants of the province, who were
already troubled by pirates, could not afford his
extravagancies. Seleucus' efforts to set up a new
army was a heavy burden as well. A rebellion broke
out and Seleucus was besieged in the hippodrome,
which then seems to have been burnt down along with
the king and his men.
Four of Seleucus' brothers, including Antiochus
XI Ephiphanes Philadelphus, Philip I Philadelphus,
and Demetrius III Eucaerus, continued the
devastating civil war against the other branch of
the family and each other.
Antiochus IX Cyzicenus