Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

History, MA

Committee Chair

Mallalieu, William C.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Howe, Laurence Lee


Antiochus IV, Epiphanes, King of Syria, d. 164 B.C.


While the writer was an undergraduate he spent two Summers in the Panamint mountains above Death Valley, California. Hiking with one of the few old-timers remaining in that region he noticed that "the old desert rat" would stoop occasionally to pick up certain rocks which he would examine closely. Some went into a pouch he carried. They were later crushed and "panned." If they made a "showing" in the gold-pan, the prospector would retrace his steps and arduously search for the parent vein. In similar fashion the writer has ventured upon interesting features in the life and character of the man, Antiochus Epiphanes. It is the aim of this dissertation to seek all of the facts concerning his life, assay them and then seek to accurately appraise them uninfluenced by the propaganda of the past.

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