Apama (Ancient Greek: Ἀπάμα, romanized: Apáma), sometimes known as Apama I or Apame I, was a Bactrian or Sogdian Persian noblewoman and the wife of the first ruler of the Seleucid Empire, Seleucus I Nicator. They married at Susa in 324 BC. According to Arrian, Apama was the daughter of the Sogdian Iranian baron Spitamenes. Though by some historians, she might have been the daughter of Darius III, the last Achaemenid Shahanshah. Apame was the only of the Susa wives to become queen as, unlike the other generals, Seleucus kept her after Alexander's death.
|Queen consort of the Seleucid Empire|
|Spouse||Seleucus I Nicator|
|Issue||Apama of Sogdiana|
Antiochus I Soter
Circa 300-297 BC, Seleucus married Stratonice, daughter of Demetrius I of Macedon, Seleucus had a daughter by Stratonice, who was called Phila. According to Malalas's chronicle, he married her after the death of Apama but, according to other sources, she was still alive, as the people of Miletus honored her with a statue that year.
- Apame I
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- Arrian VII, 4, 6 "to Seleucus the daughter of Spitamenes the Bactrian" Translation. Strabo (12.8.15) makes her a daughter of Artabazus. "the city which he named after his mother Apama, who was the daughter of Artabazus" Translation
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