Silver Tetradrachm - Ancient Greece, Seleukid Kingdom, c. 121-113 BC
Ruler: Antiochos VIII Epiphanes
Obv: Diademed Bust of Antiochos, right
Rev: Zeus standing, left
Nice Portrait and Reverse!
Antiochus XI Epiphanes or Philadelphus, ruler of the Greek Seleucid kingdom, was a son of Antiochus VIII Grypus and his wife Tryphaena. Antiochus XI was a brother of Seleucus VI Epiphanes and a minor participant in the civil wars which clouded the last years of the once glorious Seleucids, now reduced to local dynasties in Syria. Following the defeat of his brother in 95 BC by Antiochus X Eusebes, Antiochus XI and yet another brother, Philip I Philadelphus, opted for revenge and besieged Antiochia. In 92 BC, after the campaign had ended in defeat, Antiochus was forced to flee but drowned in the river Orontes while trying to cross it on horseback.