Seleucid Empire

Battle of Raphia
The Battle of Raphia, 217 BCE. ©Igor Dzis
217 BCE Jun 22

Battle of Raphia

Rafah

The Battle of Raphia, also known as the Battle of Gaza, was fought on 22 June 217 BCE near modern Rafah between the forces of Ptolemy IV Philopator, king and pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt and Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid Empire during the Syrian Wars. It was one of the largest battles of the Hellenistic kingdoms and of the ancient world, and determined the sovereignty of Coele Syria.

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