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A Family Squabble
The events of the killing of Phraates IIIand the sudden death of Orodes IIhave already been discussed on the main page. When Mithridates the Greattook the throne, he chose not to embark on a bloody purge, but let nearly all of Orodes' and Phraares' advisors live, most notably a general named Surena, who , who even kept his position as Spahbed (chief general). In 56, Mithridate's son, , Orodes III, was born.
Things more or less continued as in OTL, with one important exception:
In 53 BC, Marcus Licinius Crassus, one of the richest and most powerful men in Rome, assumed governorship of Syria and began gathering forces for an invasion of Parthia. The Battle of Carrhae and the subsequent Parthian conquest of Armenia took place as in OTL. However, Mithridates chose not to launch an invasion of Syria, but only launched small raids, and did not execute Surena. As in OTL, Cassiusgets some fame from repelling these attacks.