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Title: Los crímenes de Nisa, reina de Capadocia (Justino 37.1.2-5)
Author(s): BALLESTEROS PASTOR, Luis
Volume: 77 Issue: 4 Date: 2018
Justin’s notice about the murder of the Cappadocian princes at the hands of their mother Nysa (mistakenly called Laodice) was a real fact. Upon the death of Ariarathes V, Antiochus VII would have tried to seize Cappadocia, and Nysa (who was a Seleucid) intervened to help him. The 'feudal' situation in the kingdom and Antiochus’ kinship with the Ariarathids may have favoured this plot. The coins bearing the king’s face issued in Cappadocia since 130 BC initially formed part of the plan. After Antiochus’ death, these tetradrachms may have been issued to pay mercenary troops. Presumably, the successors of Antiochus Sidetes did not give up their aspirations to the Cappadocian throne. Rome founded the province of Cilicia in order not only to combat piracy but also to protect Cappadocia and prevent a possible annexation of the kingdom by this branch of the Seleucid dynasty.