After the Persian period, the Greeks conquered a vast empire, spreading
Hellenistic Greek culture throughout the area from Rome to India.
Alexander the Great conquered the area from Rome and Egypt to India,
including Israel. This land would be divided after Alexander’s death,
and the area including Israel was known as the Seleucid Empire, ruled
by Ptolemy. The Jews found themselves increasingly in opposition to
these new Greek rulers in Israel. This sets up the conditions which
will result in the Maccabean revolt.
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