Seleucus I Nicator
Historical Figure
Nationality: Macedon
Date of Birth: 358 BCE
Date of Death: 281 BCE
Cause of Death: Assassinated
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: Antiochus and Laodice
Spouse: Apama of Sogdiana
Stratonice of Syria
Political Office(s): Seleucid King
Fictional Appearances:
Hellenic Traders
Set in OTL
Appearance(s): Over the Wine-Dark Sea
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Seleucus I Nicator (c. 358 BC – September 281 BC; Ancient Greek: Σέλευκος Νικάτωρ, romanized: Séleukos Nikátōr, lit. 'Seleucus the Victor') was one of the Diadochi, that is, the rival generals, relatives, and friends of Alexander the Great who fought for control over his empire after his death. Having previously served as an infantry general under Alexander the Great, he eventually assumed the title of basileus and established the Seleucid Empire over the bulk of the territory which Alexander had conquered in Asia.

After the outbreak of the Wars of the Diadochi, Seleucus initially supported Perdiccas, the regent of Alexander's empire. However, Perdiccas proved inept, and Selecus joined in the plot to assassinate him in 321 or 320 BCE. During a brief peace, Selecus became Satrap of Babylon, but was driven out by Antigonus I Monophthalmus when fighting resumed in 320 BCE. Seleucus retook Babylon in 312 BCE. For the next thirty years, Seleucus reconquered and ruled the eastern half of Alexander's former empire.

At the time of his death, Seleucus was the last diadochus. He'd played a role in the defeat of Antigonus 301 BCE and Lysimachus in 281 BCE. Ptolemy I of Egypt died in 282 BCE, the year before Seleucus' death. Seleucus' himself was assassinated in 281 BCE as he prepared to conquered Thrace and Macedon. He was killed by Ptolemy Ceraunus, the son of Ptolemy I, who'd taken refuge with Seleucus.

Seleucus in Hellenic Traders[]

In 310 BC, Seleukos was one of six remaining generals who were fighting over the bones of Alexander's empire. He was "squabbling" with Antigonos in inner Asia.[1]

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  1. Over the Wine-Dark Sea, loc. 380, ebook.
Royal offices
Preceded by
New creation
Independence from Macedon under Alexander IV, King of Asia
Seleucid King
305–281 BC
Succeeded by
Antiochus I Soter