Alexander Balas

Alexander Balas bā´ləs [key], d. 145 BC, ruler of Syria, putative son of Antiochus IV. He seized power from his uncle Demetrius I (c.152 BC) Jonathan the Maccabee supported him. He died in battle against Ptolemy Philometor.

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