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#Onthisday in history of 22nd  June the battle of Raphia took place, Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt defeats the Antichus III the great of Selecuid Kingdom.

It was after 5 days in the battle that the two kings decided to take their array of troops to the battle, but both of them had phalangites in the centre, next to them they had fielded the light armoured troops and mercenaries in front of them with elephants. The battle took place.

This was during the Syrian wars, it was the largest battle of the Hellenistic kingdoms and one of the largest battles of the ancient world. The battle was to determine the sovereignty of Coeleo-Syria.

Ptolemy’s victory secured the province of Coele-Syria for Egypt.

 

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