Captain Carpos: My king their is a rebel presence just northeast of here!
Antiochus: What?!?! A rebellion? Who is the commander of this force?
Captain Carpos: A man named Lyssipos. It is mid sized army with lots of infantry.
Antiochus: Hmm, well I guess they have to dealt with... Carpos! Tell the men they have to be suited up and ready to march at dusk! We will travel overnight and attack in the morning.
Captain Carpos: Yes, my king.
The soldiers were ready to march at dusk so Antioch lead them northeast where the confronted Lyssipos' rebel force.
When the battle commenced Antiochus ordered his skirmishing cavalry to pelt the flanks of the rebel army in an attempt to weaken them. Antiochus was to distracted with giving orders that he couldn't get his phalanx ready in time to defend against the rebel cavalry lead by Lysippos. As this may have inflicted lots of casualties to the Seleucid center it would not be effective because the cavalry of Antiochus moved in to help the weakened infantry and route Lysippos' cavalry...
Lysippos flexing his muscles?
This left the rear of the rebel infantry flanks open and Antiochus finished the battle by multiple charges on the flanks of the infantry. A bloody business
This was a great battle but I wouldn't rank it among the famous battles.
Captain Carpos: Congratulations on your victory! Your daughter, Dione, has sent here new husband to meet you.
Antiochus: Great! Bring him in right away.
Captain Carpos: Of course, my king.
Areithous: It is a pleasure to finally meet you!
Captain Carpos: And you too, Areithous. I do hope that you are treating my daughter well?
Areithous: Indeed I am.
Antiochus: Good to hear that. Now I wish to ask you something, Areithous.
Areithous: What is it?
Antiochus: You do know a a fair bit about commanding but all of my family members must be able to govern. We need governers to keep order in our cities and to prevent rebellionfrom our nation. I wish to ask you if you would like to govern alongside me, here in Antioch and learn the basics of what managing a city are. When I reach the gates of Hades I would be honored to have you take over the governing of Antioch.
Areithous: It would be an honor. Will I take command of your army?
Antiochus: I have already granted Demetrius, the governer of Damascus the rights to command my soldiers. I am sorry but it is not honorable to go back on a promise I made, especially to a son of mine.
Areithous: I see...
Antiochus: You will have to raise your own soldiers and train them as best as you can to defend this city.
Areithous: I will defend Antioch to the death.
Antiochus: Glad to hear that. Now, I must be going.
Areithous: Of course.
In Damascus, Demetrius was currently in the training field telling his men about the importance of the phalanx and how your life was in the hands of the man next to you and his in yours...
Demetrius: Pick up the pace!
Captain Seleucus: Sir! I bring urgent news!
Demetrius: What is it?
Captain Seleucus: There is reports of rebel presence just south of here!
Demterius: What? Rebellion?
Captain Seleucus: Yes, it is a small force... But so are we.
Demetrius: Ready the troops. We march right away!
Demetrius' troops were victorious in battle but took heavy casualties from archers
In Seleucia, Aristarchus was celebratign the coming of age ceremonies for his eldest son, Cleitos
Aristarchus: I am very proud of you son.
Cleitos: It is an honor.
While The garrisons are being built so are many diplomatic offers
As we pursue peace, others wish for war...